On the occasion of her 95th birthday, Her Majesty said in a statement on Wednesday (April 21) that she and her family were in a “period of great sadness”, but were comforted by words of praise for Philip, who died peacefully at Windsor aged 99 on April 9.
The Queen said: “I have, on the occasion of my 95th birthday today, received many messages of good wishes, which I very much appreciate.
“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.
“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 his life.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Boris Johnson said he is “proud” to serve as the Queen’s Prime Minister.
Mr Johnson wrote on Twitter: “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.”
His death came a few months before his 100th birthday, which was due to be the focus of royal celebrations this year, while the Queen’s 95th was to be more low-key.
The pandemic has meant the Queen’s official birthday celebration known as Trooping the Colour, normally staged in June, has been cancelled for a second year running.
Last summer, an event dubbed “mini Trooping” was staged at Windsor Castle, and Buckingham Palace has said options for an “alternative parade” were being considered at the Queen’s Berkshire home.
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