Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 95th birthday today
The 21st of April 2021 marks Queen Elizabeth's 95th birthday.
It has understandably been an extremely difficult week for Queen Elizabeth following the death of her husband Prince Philip.
Prince Philip's funeral on Saturday was an emotional affair. Queen Elizabeth has reportedly spent the week in the quiet company of the family, and celebrations will be understandably muted this year.
Usually, there is a huge amount of fanfare over Queen Elizabeth's birthday, with a military salute on the streets and celebrations around the country. With the pandemic situation, as well as Philip's death, all of that will be put to the side this year.
Today is The Queen’s 95th birthday.
HM was born on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in London, the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York.
This year The Queen remains at Windsor Castle during a period of Royal Mourning following the death of The Duke of Edinburgh. pic.twitter.com/kOeH399Ndp— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 21, 2021
Queen Elizabeth II also marks her birthday on the second Saturday in June.
Why, you might ask?
Well, it is mostly down to the weather.
The Trooping of the Colour parade has been held by the British monarchy for over 250 years. The parade starts outside Buckingham Palace and makes its way down The Mall to Horse Guard's Parade. Members of the Royal Family ride on horseback and in carriages as part of the procession while there are military salutes along the way.
Simply put, the decision was made to hold the celebrations during Summertime to ensure that there is less of a chance that the day will be spoiled by the weather.
Due to the pandemic, this year will be much like the last, and the parade and celebrations will be heavily curtailed this year if held at all.
Time will tell whether or not the Queen's birthday celebrations this year will be similar to those in the past.