queen’s celebrating her 96th birthday, but did you know she has two celebrations each year? Here’s why:

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why does queen Elizabeth celebrate her birthday twice a year?

Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 96th birthday on Thursday, April 21. Her “official” birthday, however, will be on Saturday, June 11, this year.

This tradition of two birthday celebrations was established in the event that a monarch’s birthday fell in a month with bad weather, such as November or December. It would be more difficult to hold events like the Trooping of the Colour parade during rainy months.
The double birthday custom was developed so that everyone could celebrate during the warmer months.
This monarchy tradition began with King George II in 1748.


The date of the queen’s second birthday celebration, unlike her official birthday, is not set in stone. It was originally scheduled for the second Thursday of June, the same day as her father, King George VI’s, official birthday.
She changed it to the second Saturday in June 1959. Even though Elizabeth’s birthday is in April and the weather won’t be as bad as Prince Charles’ in November, she will still be given two birthdays in accordance with tradition. Her second birthday is a bigger affair than her first.

How does she mark her birthdays?

The Queen usually celebrates her birthday with her family.
A 41-gun salute is usually fired in Hyde Park, a 21-gun salute in Windsor Great Park, and a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London.
The Trooping the Colour parade, which usually takes place in June, commemorates her official birthday.

what is trooping the color?

Trooping the Colour is a military parade, so the name has a military origin dating back to the 17th century.
It is a ceremony performed by over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians each June in one of the world’s most prestigious military displays.
The guards in the parade are members of the Household Division, one of the British Army’s oldest regiments.
They function as the Queen’s bodyguards or personal troops and have been a part of the monarchy since the end of the English Civil War in 1660.

This is the reason why Queen Celebrates her birthday 2 times every year.
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