Hushed celebrations as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II turns 94

Royal birthdays are traditionally marked by gun salutes but the queen felt it would be inappropriate to allow these ceremonies to go ahead.

LONDON — Britain's Queen Elizabeth II turned 94 on Tuesday but the coronavirus lockdown meant there was little fanfare to mark the occasion.

Elizabeth, the world's eldest and longest-reigning monarch, typically spends her birthday privately without much public celebration but this year the event will be even more muted.

Royal birthdays and anniversaries are traditionally marked by ceremonial gun salutes, in which blank rounds are fired from various locations across London, but the queen felt it would be inappropriate to allow this to go ahead given the circumstances.