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The Queen

The Queen spends her 94th birthday with Prince Philip in isolation at Windsor Castle

Queen Elizabeth II
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The Queen’s 94th birthday is proving to be very different from others. Her Majesty is spending the day in isolation at the ancient royal seat of Windsor with only her husband of 72 years, the Duke of Edinburgh, for company.

The Queen has been isolating at Windsor with Prince Philip since the middle of March because of coronavirus pandemic.

It is expected that the Royal Family will join in the celebrations by phone and video call. The Duke of Cambridge, who is living with his family at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, recently revealed that his relatives are all keeping in touch by video.

The Queen has requested no public celebrations for her birthday this year and the traditional gun salutes that mark the day have been cancelled. It was confirmed last week that Her Majesty had asked for them to be called off as she was ”keen that no special measures were put in place to allow gun salutes as she did not feel it appropriate in the current circumstances.”

It will be the first time in the Queen’s 68 year reign that no public celebrations have taken place. Trooping the Colour, marking the Monarch’s official birthday in June, is also off.

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on April 21st 1926 at 17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, the first child of Albert and Elizabeth, then Duke and Duchess of York. She was heir to the throne from December 1936 when her father became King George VI. Elizabeth II succeeded to the throne on February 6th 1952 and is now the longest reigning monarch in British history.

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Lydia Starbuck is Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.