Friday, April 21 was Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday. But we are getting wind of another Queen Elizabeth’s birthday coming up later this year. Weird right? Why does the Queen have two birthdays?
The Queen was born at 2.40am on April 21 at her maternal grandfather’s London house on 17, Bruton Street.
But she also has an official birthday in June – usually on the second Saturday. But this year it falls on Saturday June 17.
Here’s why her majesty the Queen has a June birthday:
It dates back to 1748, when the monarch’s official birthday has been marked by the parade known as Trooping the Colour – usually held on the king or queen’s actual birthday.
But Edward VII, who reigned from 1901 to 1910, was born in November, which is usually very cold in London. So the King celebrated officially in May or June, because there was less chance of it being cold and drizzly during the outdoor event.
Coincidentally, the monarch after Edward VII, that is George V, had a birthday in June so his birthday was celebrated on the real date.
But the Queen’s father, George VI, whose birthday was in December, reintroduced the tradition of an official birthday, which Elizabeth II has continued.
It can now be on either the first or the second, and sometimes the third Saturday of the month and is marked by Trooping the Colour carriage and horse procession in central London and a flypast over Buckingham Palace.
The Queen’s Birthday Honours List is also announced, the Union flag flown from Government buildings and gun salutes at noon.
She spends it privately – except when duty beckons or it is a milestone celebration.
On her 90th, last year, she carried out a birthday walkabout in Windsor and in the evening, she lit a beacon before joining her family for a lavish black-tie dinner in Windsor Castle.
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