Queen breaks major royal birthday tradition for 1st time in 70 years as she mourns Philip

Queen was ‘formidable’ at Prince Philip’s funeral says Lette

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Queen will be surrounded by a tiny number of staff, which make up her Windsor “bubble” as she faces her loneliest birthday in seven decades. Plans for a new portrait will be postponed for the first time in seven decades.

National mourning ended yesterday and the Union Jack flag was returned to full mast on government buildings.

But the Queen and her family will remain in mourning until Thursday, the day after her landmark birthday.

The Ministry of Defence said there will be no gun salutes at Hyde Park and the Tower of London to mark her birthday.

According to reports, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and other members of the Royal Family have devised a plan to make sure the Queen is not alone following Philip’s passing.

Queen Elizabeth to break royal tradition

Queen Elizabeth to break royal tradition (Image: Getty)

Prince Philip was buried on Saturday

Prince Philip was buried on Saturday (Image: Getty)

A source told the Mirror: “The Queen will not be alone.

“She will have others who care about her deeply and want to be there to support her in her most pressing hour.

“In typical fashion, the Queen has insisted she is coping and despite the suggestion she had prepared herself for this day to come, everyone is well aware there is nothing like the experience when it comes.”

Prominent female royals are believed to have come up with the plan – including Kate, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Anne and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

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Prince Charles visibly emotional at Philip's funeral

Prince Charles visibly emotional at Philip’s funeral (Image: Getty)

The Duchess of Cambridge is already believed to have planned a video call with the monarch to mark her birthday this week.

The Queen’s beloved great-grandchildren George, Charlotte and Louis – who will be three on Friday – would also take part in it.

Prince Charles, who led the funeral procession on Saturday, is expected to drive from Gloucestershire and visit his mother later this week.

While Princess Anne will travel from Gatcombe Park to make sure her mother is not alone during her time of mourning.

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Royal Family tree

Royal Family tree (Image: Express)

Following Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday, the Queen was seen driving alone from Windsor Castle to Frogmore.

Frogmore used to be the home of Harry and Meghan Markle when they were members of the Royal Family.

The Queen would often travel to the estate to walk or ride down to say hello to her grandson.

Prince Harry arrived back at Frogmore when he returned to the UK ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral.

Queen's family to make sure Monarch not alone on birthday

Queen’s family to make sure Monarch not alone on birthday (Image: Getty)

Harry – who attended the funeral without Meghan Markle – is believed to have an “open return” ticket back to the US and may stay for the Queen’s birthday.

Royal expert Victoria Arbiter said that “it would be nice if Harry could be a part” of the Queen’s birthday.

Ms Arbiter said: “Is there any clue as to when Harry is going to be returning to the US?

“It would be nice to think he could stick around in the UK a little longer to mend some of those bridges.

Prince Harry may stay in UK for Queen's birthday

Prince Harry may stay in UK for Queen’s birthday (Image: Getty)

“There has been no official word yet.

“Having been away from his heavily pregnant wife for a week, he is understood to be keen to get back.”

She added how it would be “really nice” if Harry stayed for the Queen’s birthday, marking her first birthday with Philip since 1948.

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