Queen thanks public for ‘support and kindness’ after Prince Philip’s death as she breaks silence on 95th birthday
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On her 95th birthday, the Queen has issued a message to thank the public for their support following the passing of her husband, Prince Philip.
Her Majesty, who has been seeking solace in long walks with her dogs, shared the message on the Royal family's Instagram account.
It reads: "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.
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"My family and I would like to thank you for all 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."
It was confirmed earlier that the Queen will stay at Windsor Castle for her birthday.
The Royal family's official Twitter account shared a solo picture of the monarch on her day of birth.
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Alongside the picture, a message read: "Today is The Queen's 95th birthday.
"HM was born on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in London, the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York.
"This year The Queen remains at Windsor Castle during a period of Royal Mourning following the death of The Duke of Edinburgh."
Her Majesty suffered further heartbreak following the death of Prince Philip as her close friend Michael Oswald passed away on the day of Philip's funeral.
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Sir Michael – who was the former manager of the Royal studs – advised the monarch and the Queen Mother, who died in 2002, on their interests in racing.
He sadly passed away at the age of 86 on Saturday; the day the Queen said a final goodbye to her beloved husband Prince Philip.
Prince Philip was laid to rest at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on 17 April.
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