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UK Queen marks 94th birthday without usual pomp

London / The United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II marked her 94th birthday on Tuesday without any public celebrations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Queen celebrated her birthday in private with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, 98, at Windsor Castle outside London, where they have set up residence during the outbreak.

There was no customary gun salute to mark the occasion as the monarch had decided it would not be appropriate under the circumstances, according to Buckingham Palace.

It was believed to be the first time that the salute, at Hyde Park and the Tower of London, has not taken place during her reign of almost 70 years.

Buckingham Palace released footage from private home videos of the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, and her younger sister Margaret playing together as children.

Her grandson Prince William and his wife Kate and the Queen’s son Prince Charles all sent public birthday messages.

Clarence House shared four photographs of the Queen with Charles and his wife Camilla.

Kensington Palace posted a picture online of William and Kate with the monarch at the Chelsea Flower Show and both wished her a “very happy 94th Birthday”.

Members of the British royal family have been confined to different residences during the UK’s lockdown.

Prince Charles, who has recovered from Covid-19, and Camilla are at Balmoral, a large estate owned by the royals in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

William and Kate, are at Anmer Hall country house in eastern England with their three young children.

The Queen, who gave a rare televised speech a few weeks ago to the British public, has reduced staff at Windsor to protect her and her husband from infection.

Philip came out of retirement on Monday with a public statement thanking key workers for keeping the country functioning during the outbreak.

The Trooping the Colour parade which is usually held on the Queen’s official birthday in June has also been cancelled.

The Queen has two birthdays – one on 21 April, the day she was born, and her official one on 13 June which has been celebrated since 1788, when a holiday was declared to mark the birthday of Britain’s monarch. (April 21, 2020, EFE/PracticaEspañol)

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de unos mensajes de la reina Isabel II dirigéndose a los británicos con motivo de la crisis del COVID-19.
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de la celebración del cumpleaños de la reina Isabel II.
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del lugar donde la reina Isabel II se encuentra confinada.
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se publicó un vídeo de la reina Isabel II el día de su cumpleaños.
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las campanas de la Abadía de Westminster repicaron también este año por el cumpleaños de Isabel II.
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es posible que en junio se celebre oficialmente el cumpleaños de Isabel II.
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aparece también la hermana de la reina Isabel cuando era niña.
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Isabel II ya era reina cuando se grabó ese vídeo.
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solo aperece Isabel II con su madre.
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la reina Isabel II fue al centro de Londres para celebrar su cumpleaños.
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los duques de Cambridge publicaron en las redes sociales un vídeo para felicitar a Isabel II.
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miembros de la familia real británica felicitaron a Isabel II por las redes sociales.
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la reina Isabel llevaba un vestido de color azul claro.
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Isabel II no es la reina más longeva del mundo.
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hubo un desfile militar por el 90 cumpleaños de la reina Isabel II.
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