Queen thanks well-wishers on 95th birthday days after husband’s funeral
London, Apr 21 (EFE).- The United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday marked the occasion of her 95th birthday by thanking the country for its support following the death of her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, whose funeral was held over the weekend.
It has been only four days after the downsized funeral of the duke at, who died on 9 April, aged 99.
In an unusual gesture, the Queen took to the royals’ Twitter account to show gratitude to the people for their birthday wishes and the support following Philip’s death.
“While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to us all to see and to hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world,” she wrote.
“My family and I would like to thank you for all the support and kindness shown to us in recent days,” she said.
“We have been deeply touched and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life,” she added.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson wished the Queen a happy birthday via his Twitter account.
“I would like to send my warm wishes to Her Majesty The Queen on her 95th birthday,” he said. “I have always had the highest admiration for Her Majesty and her service to this country and the Commonwealth.”
In 2015, Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning UK monarch.
Traditionally, the official celebrations of the Queen’s birthday are held in June, when the popular Trooping of the Color military parade takes place but it has been canceled for the second year in a row due to the pandemic and the related restrictions.