Queen heartbreak: Monarch to shelve birthday plans as Royal Family remain in full mourning

Queen's birthday: Experts discuss family's royal mourning

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During the Royal Rota, ITV’s Royal Editor Chris Ship and Lizzie Robinson discussed the Royal Family’s period of mourning which traditionally lasts for two weeks. Despite the fact the Queen’s birthday is on Wednesday, April 21, the royals will remain in mourning until Friday, April 23, which will mark two weeks to the day the Duke of Edinburgh died.

Mr Ship said: “Royal mourning goes on [until] is it Thursday or Friday?”

Ms Robinson replied: “Royal mourning is two weeks, so a little bit longer than national mourning.

“Members of the Royal Family will only do things if considered appropriate so I actually expect this week for us to see or hear very little from the Royal Family.”

She added: “Even though it is the Queen’s 95th birthday on April 21.”

The Queen’s 95th birthday will be the first time the British Monarch will not receive a card or greeting from Prince Philip in over 70 years as she continues to grieve the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Royal expert Omid Scobie told the HeirPod the Royal Family has rallied around Queen Elizabeth II following the Duke of Edinburgh passing away earlier this month.

The royal biographer claimed the image of the Queen sitting alone during Prince Philip’s funeral was the most talked-about photo from the service.

Mr Scobie said: “We have spent the week talking about how family members have and still are rallying around the Queen during her very difficult time of grief.

Queen 'faces loneliness' says royal expert

“We talk about the loneliness she faces now, she turns 95 in just days, it will be the first time she does not receive that card or that greeting from her husband.

“The image that we saw in the service, I think really was the image that most people talk away from that service.”

The Queen sat alone at the service in order to adhere to social distancing rules due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral took place on Saturday, April 17, 2021.


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Prince Philip died April 9, 2021, at the age of 99. 

The Queen and Prince Philip got married in November 1947, five years before she became Monarch.

Queen Elizabeth II is the UK’s longest-serving monarch in history.

The Queen took the throne in February 1952 and is less than a year away from celebrating her 70th anniversary as the UK’s monarch.

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