In Light of the Coronavirus Outbreak, Queen Elizabeth II Will Celebrate Her 94th Birthday with Zoom Calls
Her Majesty is currently isolating with Prince Philip at Windsor Castle.
Social distancing guidelines and coronavirus concerns have impacted all aspects of our day-to-day lives. From how often we go to the grocery store to how we gather with family and friends, the global pandemic has greatly altered the way we live. Even Queen Elizabeth II has to practice social distancing. Her Majesty turns 94 on April 21st and though the royal family can't gather in the same place, they haven't forgone celebrations completely—the Queen plans to participate in Zoom calls with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Queen Elizabeth is currently self-isolating with her husband, Prince Philip, at home in Windsor Castle while the rest of her family is spread out across London and the United States. Prince William and Kate Middleton are allegedly staying at Anmer Hall, their Norfolk home, with their three children. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's son, Prince Charles, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.
In addition to celebrating the day via Zoom, the Queen has canceled the traditional gun salute that occurs on her birthday for the first time in her 68-year reign. Her Majesty said she did not feel gun salutes would be appropriate given the current climate. Coronavirus has claimed more than 16,000 lives in Britain to date. The Queen's birthday parade, known as Trooping the Colour, has also been canceled due to COVID-19.
Previous reports revealed that Prince William and Kate Middleton were using Zoom frequently to connect with local teachers and school staff, patronages, and Kate's parents. However, Prince Louis, who will celebrate his 2nd birthday on April 23rd, hasn't exactly picked up on video call etiquette. "For some reason, he sees the red button and he always wants to press the red button," Kate told reporters.