The Queen thanked people around the world Wednesday for the “support and kindness” that has been shown to the royal family since the death of her husband, Prince Philip, two weeks ago in a somber statement marking her 95th birthday.
The Queen, who is grieving the loss of her husband and is still observing an official period of mourning, said the family has been “deeply touched” by the outpouring of support from around the world.
The monarch said the tributes paid for Prince Philip are a reminder he had such “an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life” and a comfort during a “period of great sadness.”
The Queen also said she had received “many messages of good wishes” on the occasion of her 95th birthday, which she said she “very much appreciate(s).”
The Queen’s husband of more than 73 years, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, died two weeks ago aged 99. The Duke’s funeral, a scaled back affair on account of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, was limited to just 30 people due to England’s pandemic restrictions that required the Queen to sit alone.
The Queen actually celebrates two birthdays a year. One, her actual birthday, is on the 21 April and the other, an official celebration, takes place on the second Saturday of June. The Queen usually celebrates her actual birthday with family with limited public celebrations, which have been scaled back further this year due to the Duke of Edinburgh’s death and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prince Philip’s Funeral, In Photos (Forbes)