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Happy Birthday to the Queen

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Happy Birthday to the Queen

April 21 is the Queen’s birthday, and the monarch is turning 94.

Happy Birthday to the Queen

Celebrations will be low-key this year, with the traditional gun salutes cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

It’s believed to be the first time in the Queen’s 68-year reign that the salutes will not be taking place.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen had decided it wouldn’t be appropriate to have the salutes at this time.

“Her Majesty was keen that no special measures were put in place to allow gun salutes as she did not feel it appropriate in the current circumstances,” a Buckingham Palace source said.

The Palace said the monarch’s birthday would not be marked in any special way, with phone or video calls taking place with family to be kept private.

The Trooping the Colour parade to mark the birthday, which was due to be held in June, has also been cancelled.

In the absence of an official celebration, we’ve shared some of our favourite photos of Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate her birthday:

Queen Elizabeth smiles with Prince Harry during the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, southern England April 12, 2006. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

The Queen smiles during a visit with a group of local school children inside the old Senate chamber of the Virginia state capitol building on the first day of her trip to the United States in Richmond, Virginia, May 3, 2007. REUTERS/Matthew Cavanaugh/Pool

Queen Elizabeth leaves Buckingham Palace in a horse drawn carriage to attend the State Opening of Parliament, London May 25, 2010. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

The Queen walks through a field of ceramic poppies that form part of the art installation “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red”, at the Tower of London in London October 16, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

The Queen smiles as Prince Harry pulls a face as they watch Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall leave St. George’s Chapel.  REUTERS/Alastair Grant/AP 

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles point as they watch a sack race with Princess Anne during The Braemar Gathering in Braemar September 5, 2009. The annual gathering, which is celebrated on the first Saturday of September, involves a series of local games and events and is traditionally attended by the British royal family. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

The Queen smiles after the Derby horse race at the Epsom Derby festival in Epsom, southwest of London June 2, 2012 during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. REUTERS/Toby Melville

The Queen looks at a display of roses on the Peter Beale roses display stand as she tours the Chelsea flower show in London, Britain May 21, 2018. Richard Pohle/Pool via REUTERS

The Queen visits Hauser & Wirth Somerset, in Bruton, Somerset, Britain March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

The Queen poses, after recording her annual Christmas Day message in Windsor Castle, in Berkshire, Britain, in this undated pool picture released on December 24, 2019. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS

Queen Elizabeth visits the Mayflower Primary School during a visit to Poplar in Tower Hamlets in East London, Britain June 15, 2017. REUTERS/Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool

The Queen is pictured through a gap in a floral exhibit by the New Covent Garden Flower Market, which features an image of the Queen, during a visit to the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show in central London May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Adrian Dennis/Pool.

The Queen views a portrait of herself by British artist Henry Ward, commissioned to mark her six decades of patronage to the British Red Cross, at Windsor Castle, October 14, 2016. REUTERS/Dominic Lipinski/Pool 

A pigeon flies ahead of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and Princes William, Harry and Kate Duchess of Cambridge behind as they wave to guests attending the Patron’s Lunch on the Mall, an event to mark her 90th birthday, in London, June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Queen Elizabeth II sits next to Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour as they view Richard Quinn’s runway show before presenting him with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design as she visits London Fashion Week, in London, Britain February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Yui Mok/Pool 

The Queen visits The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn to open the new Ashworth Centre, and re-open the recently renovated Great Hall, in London, Britain, December 13, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Queen Elizabeth reacts with members of her family and her racing team as she watches her horse Estimate win The Gold Cup during ladies day at the Royal Ascot horse racing festival at Ascot, southern England, June 20, 2013. The Queen’s horse, Estimate, won the Royal Ascot’s Gold Cup event, the first time the race was won by a reigning monarch. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh walk at Broadlands in Romsey, southern England in this undated photograph taken in 2007. The Queen and Prince Philip marked their diamond wedding anniversary with a special service of thanksgiving on November 19, 2007. REUTERS/Fiona Hanson/Pool

The Queen looks on during Derby Festival REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The Queen grimaces as chef Heston Blumenthal makes ice cream using liquid nitrogen during the launch of the Royal Institution of Great Britain in central London May 28, 2008. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Queen Elizabeth watches as Prince Philip feeds an elephant during a visit to Whipsnade Zoo where the Queen opened the new Centre for Elephant Care, in Dunstable, Britain April 11, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A video grab from television footage shows U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C) standing with Queen Elizabeth during a reception for G20 leaders at Buckingham Palace in London April 1, 2009. REUTERS/POOL via Reuters Tv

Queen Elizabeth inspects a Guard of Honour from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery at a ceremony to mark the unveiling of a statue of Field Marshall Lord Alanbrooke in Whitehall.

Queen Elizabeth leaves after attending a service of commemoration to mark the end of combat operations in Iraq, at St Paul’s Cathedral in London October 9, 2009. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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