Elizabeth II will celebrate his birthday in any discretion the next week, without the traditional volleys of honour, that it deems “inappropriate” in the midst of a pandemic of coronavirus, which has claimed more than 14,000 deaths in the United Kingdom, said Saturday a source from Buckingham palace to the AFP.
The queen will be 94 years old Tuesday. The date of his birthday is marked each year by cannon shots fired at Hyde Park and at the Tower of London, as well as to the royal park of Windsor, about forty kilometers west of the capital.
But this year his birthday will not be marked in a special way, said a source from Buckingham palace to the AFP.
“There will be no salvos of cannon – His Majesty has desired that no special measures are to be put in place to allow the cannon shots, because it did not believe this to be appropriate in the current circumstances,” said this source.
Buckingham palace had already announced that the military parade of the ” salvation colors “, organized every year in June to formally celebrate the anniversary of the queen would not be held this year.
Because of the epidemic, Elizabeth II, retired with her husband, prince Philip, at Windsor castle. Aged, respectively, 93 and 98 years, they are a part of the population at risk in the face of the sars coronavirus.
In a nationally televised address historic broadcast during the Easter weekend, the queen has called on her subjects to resilience, ensuring that ” better days will come “.