Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2020. 1:12 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: The Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Commonwealth realms including Belize, Elizabeth II, marks her 94th birthday today.
It is quieter than most as she is in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has claimed thousands in the U.K.
There was no official gun salute in London, and the usual Trooping the Colour parade held on the second Saturday in June has also been canceled.
Instead she took private phone calls from family members isolated elsewhere at Windsor Castle, issued a statement of support for the recent killings in Nova Scotia, Canada, and her office released a video of childhood memories.
The queen recently spoke to the nation, stating, “While we have faced challenges before, this one is different.”
“This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal. We will succeed – and that success will belong to every one of us.”
“We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”
She took the throne after the death of her father and has reigned the longest of any British monarch.
She became Belize’s head of state on Independence in 1981 and has been represented here by Governor General Sir Colville Young since 1993.
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