Queen points to ‘brighter days ahead’ after turbulent winter for UK and Royal family

Queen: Trooping the Colour cancelled for 2021

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The Royal Family Twitter and Instagram pages issued a series of images, including a sunrise over a lake in Buckingham Palace’s garden. The caption reads: “Today marks the first official day of spring, as we all look towards brighter days ahead. 

“The garden at The Queen’s London residence sees much change over the course of a year.”

Spring symbolises the end of a turbulent winter for the royals after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey and a lengthy hospital stay for 99-year-old Prince Philip.

Philip, the third oldest royal in history, left King Edward VII hospital last week. He was admitted on February 16.

The message from Her Majesty’s official social media accounts is one of optimism.

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The UK is in a more upbeat mood after a difficult winter characterised by lockdown – as the vaccination rollout hurtles on.

Half of all UK adults – 26,853,407 people – have now received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has described the milestone as a “phenomenal achievement”.

On Friday, Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen’s birthday parade, Trooping the Colour, will not take place in 2021 as planned.

The monarch turns 95 on April 21, while husband Philip turns 100 on June 10.

In a statement, the Palace said: “Following consultation with the Government and other relevant parties it has been agreed that The Queen’s Official Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour, will not go ahead this year in its traditional form in central London.

“Options for an alternative Parade, in the quadrangle at Windsor Castle, are being considered.”

Further cause for celebration within the royal family was the birth of August Philip Hawke Brooksbank on February 9.

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Princess Eugenie’s first child is Queen Elizabeth II’s ninth great-grandchild.

Harry, 36, and wife Meghan Markle, 39, revealed on Valentine’s Day they are expecting a second child.

In December, Mike Tindall, 42, revealed that his wife Zara, 39, is pregnant with their third child.

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