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Queen Elizabeth II news: 3 birthday traditions she won't observe following Philip's death

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Queen Elizabeth II, 94, cut a lonely figure as she attended the funeral of her late husband Prince Philip at St George's Chapel on Saturday. The Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen were married for 73 years and he died just months before his 100th birthday on June 10. While the Queen is due to turn 95 this Wednesday it is understood her focus had been on marking the Duke's centenary and there are no big plans for her to publicly celebrate her own, especially as she is still in mourning.

Three birthday traditions the Queen won't observe this year

1.) An official birthday portrait

Royal birthdays are often celebrated by the release of a new photo, but as the Queen turns 95 there will be no new portrait, the Daily Mail reports.

While there may be a tribute to the Queen shared on her official Royal Family social media accounts this is not likely to include a new picture.

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Queen Elizabeth II news: 3 birthday traditions she won't observe following Philip's death (Image: GETTY)

Queen Elizabeth II news

Queen Elizabeth II news: no new official portrait will be released to mark the Queen's birthday on April 21 (Image: PA)

The Queen is currently based at Windsor Castle, where she is in a bubble with a select number of staff who are keeping her company following the Duke's death.

2.) Traditional gun salutes

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the traditional 41-gun and 21-gun salutes in Hyde Park and the Tower of London on April 21 have been cancelled.

The decision has been made for a consecutive year after it was first decided the custom would seem out of place during the pandemic last year.

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Queen Elizabeth II news: Prince Philip's funeral took place on Saturday (Image: GETTY)

3.) Trooping the Colour

The Queen's official birthday parade will not go ahead in central London this year due to the ongoing pandemic.

The spectacular parade through central London is usually held on the second weekend of June, and while lockdown is gradually beginning to ease in England, the mass event was cancelled for a second consecutive year.

Instead, a pared-back parade is expected to be held in the quadrangle at Windsor Castle as was the case last year.


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Why does the Queen have two birthdays?

Royal tradition dictates that British monarchs do not celebrate their birthdays on the actual day they were born.

While the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21 she also has an official birthday, Trooping the Colour, traditionally celebrated on the second weekend in June.

The double birthday tradition is more than 250 years old and began with King George II in 1748.

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Queen Elizabeth II news: the Queen is expected to mark her birthday in private with close family (Image: GETTY)

King George II was born in chilly November - not a good time of year for outdoor celebrations - so it was decided his birthday should be publicly marked on a warmer date.

This was when the decision to hold the monarch’s official birthday on the second Saturday of June was first made, and it has stuck to this day.

How will the Queen celebrate her birthday?

According to royal insiders, the Queen will celebrate her 95th birthday with a quiet lunch with close family members at Windsor Castle on Wednesday.

Full details of the gathering are expected to remain private as the Queen marks her first birthday in more than seven decades without Philip at her side.

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