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Queen Elizabeth is officially 95 years old today. But if you hear people talking about the monarch’s birthday in the summer, 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).

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It all has to do with the British monarchy, which established the holiday in 1748 as a result of King George II. 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 2019’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.

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For the second year in a row, the queen canceled this year’s Trooping the Colour celebration due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last year, instead, the monarch held a “mini” event at Windsor Castle, with a very small guest list.

According to BP, “This year Her Majesty remains at Windsor Castle, during a period of Royal Mourning following the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.” So, we highly doubt that a small Trooping the Colour will be held again this summer.

But we’ll be crossing our fingers for some kind of celebration.

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