The Princess Royal’s son-in-low, Mike Tindall, revealed the news during an interview on the BBC’s The One Show yesterday. However, the former rugby player said plans were in place to celebrate as a family.
Speaking to presenter Alex Jones, Mr Tindall said: “We did have plans. It would have been up in Scotland, but obviously with COVID – Aberdeen’s been locked down a bit – I think everything’s been scaled back a little bit.
“It’s a shame. I’m sure we will do something as a family to celebrate her 70 amazing years.”
Mr Tindall, who called his mother-in-law “incredible” because of the amount of work she does annually, hinted some plans were in the making.
He married Princess Anne’s daughter Zara in 2011, just months after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also wed.
He said: “We will be doing something. I don’t know if she knows, so my lips are sealed.”
It is reported Princess Anne’s birthday celebrations were to take place at Balmoral – the Royal Family’s Scottish estate.
However, the nearby city of Aberdeen was last week put into lockdown by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
This was in response to a cluster of coronavirus cases that emerged in the area.
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The two royals usually holiday there every summer for a break.
Balmoral is understood to be the Queen’s favourite of all the royal houses.
Besides Princess Anne, other royals were also planning to make a trip to the countryside getaway this year.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are expected to bring their family to the estate at some point this year, Observer reports.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle received and accepted an invite to the estate earlier this year, too.
However, the couple – who would have to make a trip across the Atlantic from the US to attend – may not come after all.
Harry and Meghan are currently residing in Los Angeles with their son having stepped down from senior royal duties this year.
In any case, the Queen and Prince Philip may extend their stay at Balmoral this year, since the trip was delayed.