Queen Elizabeth Marks 94th Birthday in Quarantine With Historic Change to the Celebrations
By Rachel McRady
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There will be no pomp or circumstance for Queen Elizabeth II's 94th birthday on Tuesday. ET has learned that for the first time in her 68-year reign, there will be no gun salutes in honor of Her Majesty's special day.
The Queen wants to make sure that no special measures were put in place to continue the gun salute tradition as she did not feel it was appropriate in the current circumstances amid the coronavirus pandemic. It had previously been announced that the queen's June Trooping the Colour birthday parade would not continue as scheduled this year. Alternative options are currently being considered.
Her grandson, Prince William, previously shared that the royal family has been doing video calls to keep in touch, and ET has learned that any birthday calls to Her Majesty will remain private and within the family.
"We've been talking to all the family online, and it's been a really good way of keeping in touch and seeing each other," William said in a recent BBC interview. "But as you can imagine the younger generation are more tech savvy, but only just. I think we're getting there now. I think the family are getting a little more used to being able to contact each other and press the right buttons and not dropping the computer halfway through."
The queen is currently quarantined at Windsor Castle with her 98-year-old husband, Prince Philip, while the rest of the royal family remains isolated at their various residences.
Though they can't be together to celebrate, that hasn't stopped the royals from paying tribute to Her Majesty's birthday on social media.
Prince William and Kate Middleton shared a sweet photo with Queen Elizabeth, writing, "Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very happy 94th birthday today! ??."