Why does the Queen have two birthdays?

The QUEEN’S birthday is on April 21st, but that won’t be the only date she celebrates.

The second Saturday in June marks another celebration for the queen birthday and this is why.

The Queen celebrates her birthday on April 21st and the second Saturday in June


The Queen celebrates her birthday on April 21st and the second Saturday in JunePhoto credit: Reuters

Why does the Queen have two birthdays?

Everyone monarch in the UK celebrated their birthday twice a year.

In the past, the official celebrations were not held on the actual birthday of the king or queen.

But when King Edward VII ascended the throne in 1901-1910, he wanted to throw a big public celebration for his birthday.

Unfortunately he was born in November so the weather was never really good to hold a big birthday parade.

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So he decided to celebrate his birthday on its actual date and commemorate the special occasion again later in the summer, hopefully with nicer weather, with a military parade.

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Queen Elizabeth II was born in Mayfair on April 21, 1926. London to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and George VI.

How does the Queen celebrate her birthday?

The Queen usually celebrates her birthday with her family.

There are three greetings marking her birthday across the UK.

There is a 41-gun salute Hyde parka 21-gun salute Windsor Great Park and a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London.

In June, a Trooping the Color Parade celebrates her birthday along with the public.

Also known as the Queen’s Birthday Parade, it has been held for over 260 years.

It includes over 1400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians and a RAF Airplane Aerial View.

Many gather Buckingham Palace wear Union Jacks and wave their flags.

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The parade begins at Buckingham Palace and then heads down the Mall to Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall Downing St and then ends back at the palace where it began.

The Royal Family also usually walk down the Mall and then wave to the public from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Why does the Queen have two birthdays?

Bobby Allyn

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