The landlord of the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Winkfield, Windsor, had planned a big occasion at the pub for Prince Philip’s 100th birthday, which would have been on June 10 later this year.
Landlady Annie Andrews said Covid restrictions would prevent too big a deal being made of Prince Philip’s death.
While pubs are allowed to serve customers in outdoor seating areas from Monday, as the Government eases lockdown measures, this would only be allowed for groups limited to six people or two households.
She would attempt to arrange toasts to the Prince in the beer garden, she said, but was aware she would have to try and keep space between people.
Andrews was not new to royal celebrations; she had help big celebrations for Harry and Meghan’s wedding at the pub, as well as for when William and Kate got married, and the Queen’s jubilee.
While the Duke of Edinburgh pub had, in fact, been named after one of Queen Victoria’s sons, Andrews said she and her family had always thought of it as a monument to Philip.
“I’m a Windsor girl, born and bred, and the royal family has always been very important to me and we always do things to mark the events in the monarchy’s history,” she said.
The born-and-bred Windsor resident recalled attending a school close to the Long Walk, and lining up to watch the royal carriage go by as the Queen and her family headed for Ascot.
“So it’s going to be a small event this time, but we will definitely be doing something to mark the Queen’s birthday and it is 10 years since William and Kate got married,” she said.
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