The UK's Queen Elizabeth II.
The UK's Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday turned 94 amid an ongoing lockdown in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic
The Monarch is adhering to social distancing rules at Windsor Castle in Berkshire with husband of 72 years, Prince Philip, and a reduced househould for their protection, reports the metro newspaper.
Last week, the Queen had asked to cancel the traditional gun salutes to mark her birthday for the very first time during her 68-year reign.
The Queen said that she did not feel gun salutes would be appropriate in the circumstances of the crisis.
Usually a 21-gun salute is fired by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from either Hyde Park or Green Park, followed by a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London by the Honourable Artillery Company.
The Metro newspaper report quoted a Buckingham Palace source as saying that the Queen's birthday will not be marked in any special way, adding that any phone or video calls she has with family will be kept private.
The bells of Westminster Abbey, the church where the monarch was married and crowned, will also stay silent on her birthday for the first time in more than a decade.
The abbey is currently closed, meaning the celebratory peal which has taken place in her honour on her birthday every year since 2007, will not be able to go ahead.
The Queen has two birthdays, the day she was born on April 21, and her official birthday in June, which is celebrated with the Trooping the Colour ceremony, which has also been cancelled in its traditional form this year.
Queen will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, after UK regulators granted emergency approval and the world's first roll-out begins next week, reports late Saturday said.
The British government is still working on the details of how it will implement quarantine measures for people arriving in the country, interior minister Priti Patel said on Wednesday.
The extravagant display of pomp and pageantry, a highlight of the royal calendar that typically attracts thousands of tourists to line the streets of central London, has only been canceled once before during almost 70 years of the queen’s reign — in 1955, during a national rail strike.
Gun salutes, in which blank rounds are fired from various location across London, are typically used by the royal family to mark special occasions such as anniversaries and birthdays. The Queen's 94th birthday is on April 21.
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