Here’s Why Queen Elizabeth Has Two Birthdays
Queen Elizabeth turned 94 back in April. But if you hear people talking about the monarch’s birthday this week, you should know it’s not her actual date of birth.
You see, the monarch has celebrated two birthdays every year since she ascended to the throne in 1952. Although she was actually born on April 21, the queen also has a celebratory birthday on the second Saturday in June (aka Trooping the Colour).
It all has to do with the British monarchy, which established the holiday in 1748 as a result of King George II. You see, the patriarch’s birthday just so happened to fall in November, and if you’ve ever visited England during that time, you probably know that the weather is unpredictable.
According to CNN, King George II created the Trooping the Colour celebration, so he could have a second, grander birthday party in the summer. It originated as a standalone event but has since transformed into a full-day affair that Britain and the entire Commonwealth can enjoy.
During last year’s parade, Queen Elizabeth departed her home at Buckingham Palace in a royal procession, where she was greeted by guards before watching a traditional gun salute. The family also gathered on the balcony for a Royal Air Force fly-by. Casual.
For the first time ever, the queen canceled this year’s Trooping the Colour celebration due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the monarch will hold a “mini” event at Windsor Castle, though the guest list has yet to be confirmed.
“There will be a small, brief military ceremony at Windsor Castle to mark The Queen’s official birthday,” a royal spokesperson told People.
Guess we’ll be crossing our fingers for a Prince Louis cameo.