Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will be celebrating her 94th birthday with little fanfare as the nation continues to grapple with COVID-19.
The queen was born on April 21, 1926, in Mayfair, London. She was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York – who later became King George VI – and Queen Elizabeth.
There will be no celebratory peal of bells at Westminster Abbey, as the church where the queen was married and crowned is currently closed due to the pandemic.
The monarchy also made the decision to forgoes the gun salutes and ringing of the bells that usually play out to celebrate and honour the Queen’s birthday.
The Royal Family took to social media to share memories of Elizabeth as she marks the occasion. A private video from the Royal Collection shows The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, with her family, including her younger sister Princess Margaret.
The queen will spend the day with her husband, Prince Phillip, at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
Thank you for your messages today, on The Queen’s 94th birthday. 🎈🎉
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 21, 2020