Buckingham Palace has shared a photo of the Queen as she celebrates her 95th birthday without Prince Philip.
The photo, released on the official Royal Famaly Instagram account this morning, shows the Queen smiling in a burgundy ensemble at a royal engagement.
Instead of sharing their own posts, Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Instagram accounts re-posted the radiant photo of Her Majesty.
Celebrations will be a subdued this year with no traditional gun salutes while the Queen observes a two-week mourning period following the death of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99.
Buckingham Palace has shared a smiling photo of the Queen to mark her 95th birthday as she celebrates without Prince Philip
The photo, released on the official Royal Family Instagram account this morning, shows the Queen smiling in a burgundy ensemble at a royal engagement
She is expected to be visited by family and to walk her dogs, who have been a huge source of comfort.
Plans to release a new birthday photograph of Her Majesty were scrapped following the Duke of Edinburgh’s death on 9 April.
The Instagram photo released today was accompanied by the simple caption: ‘Today is The Queen’s 95th birthday.
‘The Queen was born at 2.40am on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London. She was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
‘This year Her Majesty remains at Windsor Castle, during a period of Royal Mourning following the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.’
The world’s oldest reigning monarch will spend the day at Windsor Castle with her small bubble of staff due to the pandemic.
Celebrations will be a subdued affair this year with no traditional gun salutes, as the Queen remains in mourning for her husband of 73 years, the Duke of Edinburgh, who she has called her ‘strength and stay’. Pictured, the couple in 2003
The Queen and Prince Philip wave to guests attending celebrations for the Queen’s official 90th birthday on The Mall on June 12, 2016. Today marks the Queen’s actual birthday. Her official birthday is celebrated on the second Saturday in June with the Trooping the Colour parade.