Saturday, 15 May 2021

Queen ‘deeply touched’ by support in birthday message dedicated to Prince Philip

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The Queen has revealed the Royal Family is "in a period of great sadness" but thanked the nation for its "support and kindness" as she celebrates her birthday days after the death of her husband Prince Philip.

The Duke of Edinburgh, whom The Queen married in 1947, died on April 9 at the age of 99.

Members of the Royal Family paid their final respects to the family's patriarch at his funeral on Saturday at Windsor Castle.

And now Her Maj has revealed she has been inundated with birthday messages and thanked members of the public for their support in recent days.

In a post shared on social media, The Queen said: "I have, on the occasion of my 95th birthday today, received many messages of good wishes, which I very much appreciate.

"While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to us all to see and to hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and around the world.

"My family and I would like to thank you for all the support and kindness shown to us in recent days.

"We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such and extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life."

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Earlier in the day, a photo was shared on the Royal Family's official social media accounts showing Her Majesty beaming during a royal engagement.

The caption reads: "Today is The Queen’s 95th birthday.

"The Queen was born at 2.40am on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London. She was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

"This year Her Majesty remains at Windsor Castle, during a period of Royal Mourning following the death of The Duke of Edinburgh."

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Her Majesty The Queen will spend her 95th birthday without receiving the romantic present she has always received from her husband of 73 years Prince Philip, following his tragic death.

But she will reportedly receive visits from other members of the royal family, as they have agreed to a rota system to ensure the Queen is not left to mourn alone.

This year there will be no gun salutes at the Tower of London nor the capital's Hyde Park which usually occurs on the queen's birthday.

The Queen also has an official birthday, which is usually celebrated with greater pomp on the second Saturday in June.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it is believed Her Majesty will enjoy a "quiet lunch" with close family members at Windsor Castle. This will likely be outside due to the current rules.

The Queen is also expected to have a video call with Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five and Prince Louis, two, sources told The Mirror.

Sources told Daily Mail that the Monarch will also likely drive herself down to Frogmore to walk her new puppies, Fergus, a dorgi and Muick, a corgi.

The Monarch got the new dogs around the time Prince Philip went into hospital, and it is thought they have been a great source of comfort since his passing.

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