Why Prince George is set to miss out on this birthday bell ringing tradition

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  • Prince George will have to find another way to ring in his birthday.


    Prince George is expected to miss out on hearing the bells traditionally chime to mark his seventh birthday.

    Each year since his birth in 2013, the bells of Westminster abbey have sounded on his birthday to mark the occasion.

    He is among a handful of young royals who experience this tradition each year on their special day.

    But due to the ongoing world health crisis, Westminster Abbey remains closed which means the young prince, who is the eldest child of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, will miss out this year.

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    Likewise, his siblings Prince Louis, two, and Princess Charlotte, six, missed out on the occasion.

    The Queen, Prince Phillip and both William and Kate also failed to have the bells chiming for their birthdays as the famous abbey closed its doors to the public in late March, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson put the nation on lockdown to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

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    The young prince is expected to celebrate his birthday on July 22 and although the bells won’t chime this time it’s likely that his mother Kate will still keep up with her birthday tradition in releasing an unseen photograph of the youngster to the public via their Kensington Royal Instagram page, like she did earlier this year with daughter Charlotte.

    But outrage was caused earlier this year when it was confirmed that the bells would chime for Prince Andrew’s 60th birthday, which fell before lockdown, despite the ongoing controversy which forced him to step down from public duties following a backlash about his friendship with convicted U.S. sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

    A spokeswoman for the central London church previously confirmed for whom the bells usually toll. ‘Westminster Abbey is a Royal Peculiar and the bells are rung for the birthdays of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh; their children; and TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children. There are no plans to change these arrangement.’