Brave Queen pictured smiling as she marks 95th birthday without Prince Philip

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The Royal Family have shared a sweet photo of a smiling Queen as she celebrates her 95th birthday without her beloved husband Prince Philip.

The photo, which was shared on the Royal Family's official social media accounts on Wednesday morning, shows Her Majesty beaming during a royal engagement.

Social media accounts for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles also shared the photo instead of posting their own birthday messages.

The caption reads: "Today is The Queen’s 95th birthday.

"The Queen was born at 2.40am on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London. She was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

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

The birthday comes just days after the Royal Family bade a sad farewell to the Queen's husband of 73 years, Prince Philip.

The Duke of Edinburgh, whom Elizabeth married in 1947, died on April 9 at the age of 99.

The royals paid their final respects to the family's patriarch at his funeral on Saturday at Windsor Castle.

Because of Covid-19 restrictions, the Queen sat alone during the sombre service for Philip, who she had described as her "strength and stay".

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Elizabeth, who is also the world's longest-reigning monarch, will be at the castle for her birthday, which traditionally passes off with little or no ceremony.

This year there will be no gun salutes at the Tower of London nor the capital's Hyde park which usually occurs on the Queen's birthday.

The Queen also has an official birthday, which is usually celebrated with greater pomp on the second Saturday in June.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it is believed Her Majesty will enjoy a “quiet lunch” with close family members at Windsor Castle. This will likely be outside due to the current rules.

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The Queen is likely to spend the rest of the day doing the same things as usual.

It is said she will be surrounded by the small number of staff who make up her bubble at the castle.

Other Royals are reported to have agreed a rota to visit the Queen this week, according to The Mirror.

It is also reported that The Queen is also expected to have a video call with Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five and Prince Louis, two, to mark her birthday.

Sources told Daily Mail that the Monarch will also likely drive herself down to Frogmore to walk her new puppies, Fergus, a dorgi and Muick, a corgi.

The Monarch got the new dogs around the time Prince Philip went into hospital, and it is thought they have been a great source of comfort since his passing.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already sent his birthday wishes to the Queen, saying: "I would like to send my warm wishes to Her Majesty The Queen on her 95th birthday.

"I have always had the highest admiration for Her Majesty and her service to this country and the Commonwealth. I am proud to serve as her Prime Minister."

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