On her 95th birthday, Her Majesty The Queen has released a statement thanking everyone for the kindness shown after the passing of her husband, The Duke of Edinburgh. The Monarch is spending her birthday at Windsor Castle during the period of royal mourning.
The statement read as follows:
“I have, on the occasion of my 95th birthday today, received many messages of good wishes, which I very much appreciate.
“While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to us al to see and to hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world.
“My family and I would like to thank you for all the support and kindness shown to us in recent days. We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life.”
The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on 9th April at Windsor Castle, aged 99. He had a month long stint in hospital after being treated for an infection and was transferred to St Barts Hospital for testing and a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition.
Tributes to the Prince seen across the globe, including members of the Royal Family such as The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal and Princess Eugenie.
The funeral for Prince Philip took place on April 17th at St George’s Chapel, where his life was celebrated in a personal service in which Prince Philip had a hand in planning. Touches like the Land Rover adapted as a hearse and the Action Stations call as his coffin was lowered into the ground were his requests.
This is, of course, her first birthday without the Duke at her side, after 73 years of marriage.