Queen Elizabeth sent a message of congratulations to the North Korean people on their National Day, a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace told CNN. The message was sent on behalf of the Queen by the UK's Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) as has been done before , the spokesperson said. 'a common practice on other national days around the world, the palace added. Her Majesty in all dealings with other heads of state acts on the advice of the FCDO, the palace said. spokesperson. As in previous years, HM the Queen sent a message to the people of the DPRK on the occasion of their national day, a British FCDO spokesperson added. North Korea holds military parade in the middle of the night North Korea celebrated its national day - to mark the 73rd anniversary of its founding - on September 9. It marked the day with a midnight military parade in Pyongyang. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared on a platform in Kim Il Sung Square and waved to the crowd, but no mention was made of his speech, according to state media Rodong Sinmun. Read moreNorth Korean state media KCNA released the message on Monday, reporting that Kim Jong Un, president of state affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), received a greeting message from Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, on September 7, According to KCNA, the message read: In As the people of the democratic people 'The Republic of Korea celebrates its national day, I send my best wishes for the future. The notoriously reclusive country has severed almost all of its ties with the worldoutdoors in 2020 to avoid an influx of coronavirus cases. North Korea has not reported a major outbreak of Covid-19, and there is no indication that an outbreak has occurred, although experts doubt Pyongyang's claim that the country has not seen a single case of the virus. Most if all foreign diplomats and aid workers have not left the countries, citing shortages of goods and extreme restrictions on daily life.In In June, Kim sacked several senior officials who had failed to implement strict Covid-19 prevention in North Korea, reported state news agency KCNA. It appears that some upper echelon members of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea have been replaced, KCNA said. CNN's Max Foster reported from London, England, and Gawon Bae from Seoul, South Korea.