“Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very happy 94th birthday today! 🎂” the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge captioned a throwback photo of the royal trio. In the pic, Elizabeth, William, 37, and Kate, 38, were all smiles while enjoying a beautiful outdoor garden.
Fans were touched by the longtime couple’s loving tribute as they joined in on Elizabeth’s birthday celebrations in the post’s comments section. “Long live the queen,” one user wrote, while another gushed, “This is probably one of my favorite photos of them — I hope the queen is having a great day!” A third added, “Happiest 94!”
As fans know, Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement in mid-March that the queen’s annual birthday parade “will not go ahead in its traditional form” because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. However, knowing Elizabeth, she’s still got some plans to celebrate her big day.
Since she’s stuck in quarantine, an insider exclusively revealed to Closer Weekly that Elizabeth will “be spending [her birthday] alone with her husband, Prince Philip, at Windsor Castle — without the rest of her family,” the source explained on April 15, noting she’s “trying to remain upbeat.”
“She’d like nothing more than to have her son Prince Charles there, as well as William, his wife, Kate, and all of the kids,” the insider added. Luckily, Elizabeth’s grandson Prince Harry, 35, arranged a super sweet way to ring in his grandma’s birthday all the way from Los Angeles.
“[He] promised to FaceTime the queen with [his 11-month-old son] Archie as soon as they all wake up in L.A. that morning,” the source dished, noting the Duke of Sussex and wife Meghan Markle, 38, are doing their best to stay in touch since relocating to the U.S. in March.
“William has taught her how to use FaceTime, so while she can’t physically be with her family, at least she’ll get to see them on video,” the source continued. “They can’t wait to sing ‘Happy Birthday‘ to her on the phone.” Aww!
We hope Elizabeth is enjoying some R&R on her special day considering it’s been a rough few months for the royal family. Besides handling backlash following Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back at senior royal family members in January, her eldest son, Charles, revealed he tested positive for COVID-19 in late March.
Luckily, the Prince of Wales, 71, announced he was officially recovering from his battle with coronavirus on April 1. Charles revealed the amazing news that he is now “on the other side of the illness” after being in self-isolation for seven days.
“Prince Charles was feeling a little under the weather, so he wasn’t surprised when he tested positive for coronavirus,” a separate source shared with Closer. “He’s doing OK and is in constant contact with royal doctors. He’s not the type to kick up a fuss.”
We hope Elizabeth enjoyed her 94th birthday!