Queen heartbreak as monarch marks important milestone without ‘strength and stay’ Philip

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The monarch, who was married to the Duke of Edinburgh for 73 years, will mark the milestone just four days after his funeral on Saturday. And with Covid social distancing restrictions, the Queen will not be able to distract from the hurt by spending it with more than a few close family members.

The news prompted an outpouring of support and admiration for Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

One person tweeted: “HM The Queen is still working as she approaches her 95th birthday and having lost her husband of 73 years. If you cannot show some respect – keep quiet!”

Another said: “So sad that the Queen will be attending Prince Philip’s funeral four days before her 95th birthday.”

A third wrote: “I am unbelievably sad for HM The Queen.

“We were so full of hope that he would live to see his 100th birthday on 10th June, after leaving hospital 3 wks ago & now he’ll miss the Queen’s 95th birthday on 21st April.

“She won’t feel like celebrating without her childhood sweetheart.”

And a fourth tweeted: “We all know and understand how sad and difficult it is for elderly people when they lose their loving spouse.

“As we know the Queen of (the) UK will be celebrating her 95th birthday later this month. We pray to God for her mental health and well-being in these difficult times.”

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Unlike most people the Queen has two birthdays.

Her official birthday is a moveable date in June and is a grand public event commonly known as the Trooping of the Colour.

Every summer the Mall outside Buckingham Palace is filled with Union Jack waving royal fans and a large procession of troops.

The event was cancelled for the second year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Last year a “mini Trooping” was staged at Windsor, where the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh decamped last March ahead of the first lockdown.

This was one of the last public events that the duke was seen at before he sadly passed away aged 99 last week.

A similar small procession could take place this year – dependent on how strict lockdown rules are in place in June.

This leaves the Queen to celebrate her actual birthday, April 21, as a private affair with family members.

It is not known how she will mark the event.

The news emerged as it was reported that the Queen will resume official duties the day after her birthday.

The Evening Standard reported that Her Majesty is determined to carry on fulfilling her role as head of state.

It said that she will be “fully supported” by her son Prince Charles, who she is set to honour by giving Philip’s title the Duke of Edinburgh, cementing his role as her liege and patriarch of the family.

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