Queen to mark 95th birthday with small coterie of staff
By MIRROR | 3 weeks ago
There are no special celebrations planned for the Queen's 95th birthday, as she continues to mourn the loss of her husband Prince Philip.
On Wednesday, the grieving monarch will spend her birthday with the small coterie of staff that make up her Windsor bubble, and she is also expecting visits from a few members of her family.
Plans to mark the day by releasing a new portrait have been shelved as she continues to mourn the loss of her husband, reports the MailOnline.
On her first birthday without Philip in seven decades, she is expected to drive to the Frogmore estate in Windsor to walk her corgi puppies Fergus and Muick, according to sources close to the family.
The Royals have agreed a rota to visit the grieving monarch and will take turns to visit her for walks in Windsor.
Prince Charles and Prince Anne are due to stop by, while the Countess of Wessex has planned several visits in the coming days with her children Louise, 17 and James, 13.
The Duchess of Cambridge has also scheduled video calls with Her Majesty and her great-grandchildren to celebrate her birthday.
A source told the Mirror Online the Queen will not be alone and there are people "who care about her deeply" and "want to be there to support her in her most pressing hour".
However, Prince Harry, is thought to be missing his grandmother's birthday as he heads back to be with his heavily pregnant wife Meghan and their son Archie.
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, was advised by doctors not to make the trip due to her condition and remained at the couple's £11million Montecito mansion.
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One source claims the Queen has shown "remarkable" resilience since the death of her husband and she is due to return to work after her birthday, with her first public engagement outside the castle on May 11, when she will attend the state opening of Parliament.
The Royals are observing two weeks of 'Royal Mourning' following the Duke of Edinburgh's death at Windsor Castle on April 9.
The period of national mourning, when all Union Flags on government buildings are flown at half mast, ended on April 17.
Millions of people around the world watched as the Royal Family said a final goodbye to Prince Philip at during a scaled-back funeral service at St George's Chapel in Windsor on Saturday.
Just 30 people were allowed to attend, due to coronavirus restrictions, and the Queen sat alone, dressed in black and wearing a face mask.
The Queen is expected to stay at Windsor Castle for the foreseeable future, but insiders have dismissed the idea she will stay there permanently.
She intends to split her time between Windsor and London, so she can continue with a diary of royal engagements in and outside the capital, when a multi-million-pound renovation project is completed at Buckingham Palace.
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