Queen to go without Prince Philip’s birthday flowers tradition as she turns 95
Her Majesty The Queen will spend her 95th birthday without receiving the romantic present she has always received from her husband of 73 years Prince Philip, following his tragic death.
Every year, The Duke of Edinburgh would purchase a lovely bouquet of flowers for the Queen to mark her special day, the Daily Express reports.
Prince Philip, whom Elizabeth married in 1947, died on April 9 at the age of 99.
The Royal Family paid their final respects to the family's patriarch at his funeral on Saturday at Windsor Castle.
Family members will reportedly be visiting the Queen over the coming days to ensure she would not be left alone while mourning her late husband.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman declined to comment, saying all family matters after the funeral would be private.
It is the first birthday the Queen has had to spend without Prince Philip in 73 years, and according to one expert, the royal couple would always mark the occasion together.
Biographer Ingrid Seward claims that although the couple tried to keep special occasions low-key, the Duke of Edinburgh had a special tradition for the Queen’s birthday.
Just before the Queen’s 94th birthday last year, Ms Seward told Sky News: "Prince Philip always brings her a beautiful bouquet of flowers, and I presume that someone will definitely do that for him today.
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"I think she likes white flowers and there’s always some lily of the valley – she loves flowers."
Speaking last year, she also speculated that the monarch would not mind having a low-key birthday.
She said: "I don’t think the Queen will mind too much because she once said there are so many birthdays and so many anniversaries that we as a family are only really inclined to celebrate every 10 years.
"She’ll probably celebrate with her immediate staff because of course, she's not able to be around anyone else."
The Queen's birthday falls within the 12 day mourning period the family have entered following the death of Prince Philip, meaning no official portrait of Her Majesty will be released.
This year there will be no gun salutes at the Tower of London nor the capital's Hyde Park which usually occurs on the queen's birthday.
The Queen also has an official birthday, which is usually celebrated with greater pomp on the second Saturday in June.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it is believed Her Majesty will enjoy a "quiet lunch" with close family members at Windsor Castle. This will likely be outside due to the current rules.
The Queen is likely to spend the rest of the day doing the same things as usual.
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It is said she will be surrounded by the small number of staff who make up her bubble at the castle.
The Queen is also expected to have a video call with Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five and Prince Louis, two, sources told The Mirror.
Sources told Daily Mail that the Monarch will also likely drive herself down to Frogmore to walk her new puppies, Fergus, a dorgi and Muick, a corgi.
The Monarch got the new dogs around the time Prince Philip went into hospital, and it is thought they have been a great source of comfort since his passing.
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