The Queen releases statement on birthday
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The Queen thanks people for birthday wishes after Prince Philip’s death

Her Majesty said it's been a "period of great sadness"

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The Queen has released a statement on her 95th birthday to thank people for their “good wishes”.

Her Majesty said as a family they are in a “period of great sadness” but have found comfort in seeing and hearing tributes paid to her husband Prince Philip following his death.

As the Queen marks her birthday without the Duke of Edinburgh, she said she appreciates birthday messages from people across the world.

The Queen releases statement on 95th birthday

The statement read: “I have, on the occasion of my 95th birthday today, received many messages of good wishes, which I very much appreciate.

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“While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to us all to see and to hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world.

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The Queen turns 95 today (Credit: SplashNews.com)

“My family and I would like to thank you all for 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 this life.”

Earlier today (April 21), fans sent their love to the Queen as the Royal Family Instagram page marked her birthday.

A photo of Her Majesty beaming was posted alongside a touching caption.

It read: “Today is The Queen’s 95th birthday.

The Queen is bearing up ahead of Prince Philip's funeral
Her Majesty thanked people for their “good wishes” on her birthday after Philip’s death (Credit: SplashNews.com)

“The Queen was born at 2.40am on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London.

“This year Her Majesty remains at Windsor Castle, during a period of Royal Mourning following the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.”

How will the Queen celebrate her birthday?

According to reports, the Monarch will have a “low-key” birthday this year following Philip’s death and amid coronavirus restrictions.

The special day comes just four days after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

The Queen shared a previously unseen photograph of the royal couple on the day of Prince Philip's funeral
The Queen said as a family they are in a “period of great sadness” after Philip’s death (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Reports say the Queen will spend the day at Windsor Castle with members of the Royal Family to visit her.

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Her grandson Prince Harry has apparently returned to the US and therefore won’t spend the day with his grandmother.

However, it’s believed he will be back in the UK in July for the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue.

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