Why Does Her Majesty Queen of England Have Two Birthdays?

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There has always seemed to be a public interest in the private life of the Royal British Family and of the Queen of England. More than just a beautiful family to follow in the tabloids, not many people realize that there are many curious aspects to the Royal British Family’s private life. For example, her Majesty celebrates two birthdays each year. Does this mean that Queen Elizabeth II is twice as old as she claims to be? Is this some sort of special royal privilege? We get to the bottom of this royal curiosity!

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In many ways, it seems that the Queen of England has a special royal privilege, although it doesn’t extend to all members of the Royal Family. Only the British Sovereign’s birthday (the person who has the sovereign power over England) celebrates two birthdays each year. Although her actual birthday is on April 21st, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her official birthday on a Saturday in June (the specific Saturday varies from year to year).

This long-standing tradition is due to the fact that the official birthday is celebrated with parades and other outdoor festivities that are best suited for summer weather. For example, King Edward VII celebrated his official birthday in June, despite being born in November, in order to insure good weather for the official Birthday Parade, also known as trooping the Colour.

The Queen’s Actual Birthday: April 21st

For her actual birthday, the Queen spends it privately, with close friends and family. Despite the private celebration, April 21st is still marked to the public by gun salutes at different areas of London, all occurring at midday. In Hyde Park, they perform 41 gun salutes, at Windsor Great Park, 21 gun salutes, and at the Tower of London, 62 gun salutes. These gun salutes notify the public of their Sovereign Queen’s actual date of birth.

The Queen’s official birthday celebration

Her Majesty the Queen celebrates her official birthday on a Saturday in June with members of the Royal Family. This public celebration includes the amazing Trooping of the Colour parade, which is a military parade that begins with the Queen’s inspection of the Household Division troops. The Queen then leads the troops down the Mall to Buckingham Palace, oversees gun-fires in Green Park and at the Tower of London, and finally joins members of the Royal Family to watch the Royal Air Force flypast.

Conclusion

In the end, which birthday celebration would you rather attend? Unless you are a part of Her Majesty the Queen’s inner circle of friends and family, you’ll probably enjoy the queen’s official birthday celebration quite a bit more, due to all the spectacular public festivities held in June.

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+ Bonus Knowledge Nugget

In 2006, Her Majesty celebrated her 80th Birthday by walking through the streets outside of Windsor Castle and greeting the public.

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  1. royal.gov.uk
  2. visitlondon.com