Queen Elizabeth’s annual gun salute in honor of Her Majesty’s birthday has been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
‘There will no gun salute this year. Her Majesty was keen that there will be no special measures put in place in the current circumstances’, a source told Fox News on Tuesday.
Queen Elizabeth II turns 94 on Tuesday. It is believed this year marks the first time in her 68-year regin that the saltire will not be taking place.
It was previously announced that the Trooping of Colour event, also known as the Queen’s annual birthday parade, has also been canceled due to the health crisis. It was originally planned to take place in June.
In years past, the queen has received gun salute at military basses across the country to mark the occasion, with one also taking place at the royal palace as hundreds of citizens watch outside of the grounds.
The coronavirus has resulted in a number of first for the queen ahead of her 94th birthday. Her Majesty delivered her first-ever Easter message one day prior to the holiday to spread hope amid the pandemic.