LONDON.– One hundred cannon shots in London will mark this Thursday the 96th birthday of Queen Elizabeth IIbut the monarch affected in recent months by increasing mobility problems, celebrate the occasion “in private”.
As tradition dictates, the guns of the Tower of London will fire 62 salvos and a further 41 will be launched from the center of Hyde Park. But there will not be much else, since since the 18th century, the British sovereign officially celebrates his birthday in June to take advantage of the good weather.
In addition, this year the celebration will coincide with the lavish activities organized for the “platinum jubilee”, the 70-year reign of Elizabeth II, who acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952.
The last was a complicated year for the Queen, between the death of her husband Prince Philip, the trial for sexual abuse of a minor that his son Andrés ended up reaching an amicable financial agreement in the United States Yes their growing health problems.
In this context, Isabella II – dean of the monarchs of the world – planned to blow out 96 candles “in private”A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman told AFP.
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Buckingham Palace simply posted a photo of the horse-loving queen with two of her white Percherons.
Yes During the changing of the guard at Windsor Castle, soldiers dressed in their big black bearskin caps and red coats played “Happy Birthday”. in front of the many curious people gathered on a sunny morning.
However, Elizabeth II was not in this palace, located about forty kilometers west of London, where she has lived withdrawn since the start of the pandemic, but rather He had flown by helicopter to his country residence in Sandringham, in the east of England.
There, he planned to collect himself in the small house, far from the main mansion, in which Prince Felipe resided after his retirement from public life in 2017.
The death of the man she was married to for 73 years has left a ‘huge void’ in the Queen’s life, in the words of Andrés, 62, considered his favorite son. Yes marked the beginning of the deterioration of health of a monarch who now faces alone the many scandals that shake the British royal family.
The Queen’s health has been a concern since doctors forced her to rest in October and it was later learned that had spent a night hospitalized undergo “trials” whose nature has never been specified.
in recent months renounced participation in many relevant actslike the UN climate change conference COP26 in Glasgow, and appeared walking with a cane, acknowledging that it is difficult for him to “move”.
She was last seen in public on March 29 at Westminster Abbey in London, in a mass in honor of her late husband attended by representatives of a dozen royal houses and former monarchies in Europe and the Middle East, including the Kings Felipe and Letizia of Spain and Máxima and Guillermo Alejandro of the Netherlands.
She entered through a side door to shorten her journey and although she chatted with some of the guests, she was seen sad.
However, his grandson Harry, who after abruptly leaving the monarchy in 2020 lives with his wife Meghan in California, claimed to have found her “in great shape” In an interview broadcast Wednesday on American television. NBC after visiting him last weekend when he was traveling to the Netherlands to preside over the Invictus Games, an athletic competition he created for veterans.
The drastic reduction in the monarch’s official agenda has left more room in recent months for her son Carlos. The 73-year-old heiress to the throne, who replaced her in many acts, could do it again for the traditional royal speech which kicks off the new parliamentary session, scheduled for May 10.
However the popularity of the Prince of Wales (43%) remains well below that of his mother (69%) and even that of his eldest son, William (64%)to whom many Britons consider he should cede the succession to the throne when the time comes.