Queen Elizabeth II will quietly mark her 95th birthday on Wednesday after farewelling her husband of 73 years in a funeral attended by close family members.
- The Queen’s April birthday is typically low-key ahead of official celebrations in June
- The monarch’s next official appointment is likely to be the State Opening of Parliament in May
- Prince Philip’s funeral brought the royals together during a difficult year
Traditionally, the Queen’s birthday is celebrated with a 21-gun salute, a show of respect on important occasions for royal figures dating back to the 18th century.
However, last year the guns fell silent on the Queen’s request as the nation counted almost 20,000 dead from the coronavirus pandemic.
A gun salute…