Queen Elizabeth II, British Head of State, will celebrate her 94th birthday privately next Tuesday, and there will be neither the traditional cannon salutes nor any other special event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The British sovereign, who is complying with the confinement established by the Government in Windsor Castle (outside London), believes that any celebration in the face of the current crisis is inappropriate, according to sources of royalty told the media today.
The queen, who made a speech a few weeks ago to cheer the British on the current pandemic, will privately receive phone or video calls from her family on her birthday.
“There will be no cannon salutes. His Majesty insisted that no special measures be taken for cannon salutes because he believes it is not appropriate in the current circumstances,” a Buckingham Palace source told local media.
According to the latest government figures, the number of deaths from coronavirus in British hospitals increased to at least 14,576 after adding another 847 new deaths yesterday.