Elizabeth Il deprived of a birthday: the traditional London parade canceled for the second time

People born in March and April are decidedly not in favor of the health crisis which is jeopardizing their birthday celebrations for the second year in a row. This is particularly the case of the Queen of England, who will celebrate her 95th spring on April 21. On this occasion a large parade is normally organized in central London which brings together hundreds of soldiers and thousands of spectators, during June. But given the still critical health situation in the country – which has 126,000 deaths from Covid, Buckingham Palace announced in a press release on Friday that the ceremony will not take place. Like ordinary people, Elizabeth II will therefore have to take her illness patiently and be content with a sober celebration, possibly alongside her husband, Prince Philip, who was released from London hospital on Tuesday after a month of ‘hospitalization. The 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh was treated there first for an infection and then for a heart problem. He and the queen were vaccinated against Covid-19 last January.

Second year without a military parade for England

In 2020, the event also had to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but was still replaced by a more limited-size ceremony at Windsor Castle. The queen had walked alongside soldiers before settling down to watch the show which had lasted about twenty minutes. As for Prince Philip, he was probably content to watch the ceremony from a distance, from the walls of the castle, he who has not attended the famous parade since 2017.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elisabeth II of England, Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh © Agence

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