By Bonita Onyeka, For Agenda Watchdog, April 21, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Royal Family has released private home video of the Queen and her younger sister Margaret to celebrate the monarch turning 94 today.
The archive film from the Royal Collection Trust includes the princess playing with a pram as a toddler, on a seesaw and playing in a garden with her sister Princess Margaret, and dancing on a yacht with Margaret.
Birthday wishes for the Monarch have been led by Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Charles in a strong display of unity from the Royal Family.
The Queen is marking her birthday away from her family as the coronavirus lockdown continues. With the UK in lockdown and thousands dead from the coronavirus outbreak, there will be no birthday gun salutes.
The Queen decided the celebratory display of military firepower would not be ‘appropriate’ at this time.
Usually a 21-gun salute is fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from either Hyde Park or Green Park, followed by a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London by the Honourable Artillery Company.
The Queen has two birthdays – the day she was born in April and her official one in June, which is celebrated with the Trooping the Colour ceremony, but this has been cancelled in its traditional form this year.
She is with her husband of 72 years, the Duke of Edinburgh, at Windsor Castle in Berkshire with a reduced household for their protection.
Aides have been planning to set-up Zoom video calls to mark the celebration instead, allowing the Queen’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to wish her a happy birthday.
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles and Camilla all wished Her Majesty a very Happy Birthday this morning on their social media channels. Due to the time difference in Los Angeles, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are likely to issue their message later today.