The British kingdom is known to be particularly fond of traditions and tries to observe them. But unfortunately, in recent years, many rituals have to be abandoned because of the Covid-19 pandemic hanging over the world. So, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children will be without an important birthday tradition next year.
Every year on the birthdays of all senior members of the British royal family, bells ring at Westminster Abbey (the traditional coronation, wedding and burial place of the monarchs of Great Britain). According to insiders, the church is changing the bell-ringing schedule for 2022, and from now on the tradition will continue only on the birthdays of the queen and prince of Wales.
“The abbey bells can be heard before services and on church holidays. The bells have also traditionally been rung on the birthdays of senior members of the royal family,” a church spokesman told a prominent British publication.
“Due to financial problems related to the Covid-19 pandemic, in agreement with Buckingham Palace, the bells will now be rung only on the birthdays of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales,” the source from Westminster Abbey added.
Thus, Prince William’s entire family will be deprived of one of the most important privileges of members of the royal family next year. Westminster Abbey bells are also cancelled on the birthdays of Elizabeth II’s youngest children, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Princess Anne, as well as for Prince Charles’s wife, the Duchess of Cornwall.
The traditional bell-ringing at Westminster Abbey has been suspended since April 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Prince Charles, who will turn 73 on Nov. 14, will be the first in 1.5 years to receive the honor.
Under new rules set by Queen Elizabeth II for next year, Kate Middleton’s 40th birthday on Jan. 9 and Prince Andrew’s 62nd birthday on Feb. 19 are not on the schedule.