Sheikh Khalifa (centre), Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid (left) and Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Britain's Queen Elizabeth, the world's oldest monarch, turns 95 on Wednesday, but there will be no public celebrations just days after she bade farewell to her husband of seven decades at his funeral.
His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, sent a message of congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her birthday.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, sent similar messages of congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II.
Prince Philip, whom Elizabeth married in 1947, died on April 9 at the age of 99. The royals paid their final respects to the family's patriarch at his funeral on Saturday at Windsor Castle.
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the queen sat alone during the sombre service for Philip, who she had described as her "strength and stay".
Elizabeth, who is also the world's longest-reigning monarch, will be at the castle for her birthday, which traditionally passes off with little or no ceremony.
Philip's death has robbed Elizabeth of her closest and most trusted confidant, who had been beside her throughout her 69-year reign.
Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926, in Bruton Street, central London. She ascended to the throne in 1952 at the age of 25, and surpassed her great-great-grandmother queen Victoria as Britain's longest-reigning monarch in September, 2015.
Elizabeth is also queen of 15 former British colonies including Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
"I would like to send my warm wishes to Her Majesty The queen on her 95th birthday," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Twitter. "I am proud to serve as her prime minister."
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, had a longstanding, warm personal connection with the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf. Queen Elizabeth and the Duke made repeated visits
As the United Kingdom and its friends across the world are still mourning the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the UAE still cherishes his presence on some historic occasions of the country.
President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed sent cables of condolences to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain on the death of Prince Philip.
The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, (Seha), the UAE’s largest healthcare network, successfully treated 17-month-old Emirati baby Afra, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
An African gang of eight members was arrested and prosecuted by the Dubai Public Prosecution on robbery charges. The gang had mugged an Asian bank customer of Dhs190,000 in Dubai.
A 52-year-old European manager was trialed by the Dubai Public Prosecution for demanding a Dhs530,000 bribe from his Dubai company in order to perform work tasks.