For the first time since the death of her husband, the Queen has spoken out with a warm message to the public.
She used her 95th birthday to thank people for their kindness and support over the past few days. The explanation read: “Today, on the occasion of my 95th birthday, I received many messages with good wishes that I really appreciate.
“While we as a family find ourselves at a time of great grief, it has been comforting for all of us to see and hear the honors paid to my husband in the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world.
“My family and I would like to thank you all for the support and kindness we have received over the past few days. We were deeply touched and continue to be reminded that Philip made such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life. “
She signed ‘Elizabeth R’.
The royal family’s official Instagram account also marked the day with a throwback photo of the queen visiting MI5 headquarters in February 2020.
The headline read: “Today is the Queen’s 95th birthday. The Queen was born on April 21, 1926 at 2:40 am at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London. She was the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. That year Her Majesty remains at Windsor Castle, during a period of royal mourning following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. “
She’s spending a reluctant birthday as Windsor and has said she’ll spend the day walking her dogs.