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Why Does Queen Elizabeth Have Two Birthdays?

Why Does Queen Elizabeth Have Two Birthdays?

Did you know that Queen Elizabeth celebrates her birthday twice a year?

The British monarch – who was born on April 21, 1926 – celebrates her official birthday privately with members of her royal family. Since her birthday fell on Easter Sunday this year, Queen Elizabeth rang in her 93rd birthday while attending church services with family – including Prince William and wife Kate.

It is also customary to celebrate a sovereign’s birthday publicly on a day during the summer, when the weather is nicer.

Queen Elizabeth‘s public birthday is celebrated on the second Saturday of June.

The double birthday tradition was started more than 250 years ago by King George II in 1748. Since he was born in November – and the weather in the United Kingdom can be very cold and rainy then – the king decided he wanted to celebrate his birthday in the warmer weather with a much grander public celebration.

For their “public birthdays,” the day is marked with a huge parade in London called the Trooping the Colour.

Over 1400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians take part in the event that begins in front of Buckingham Palace before moving along the Mall to Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall, near to Downing Street, and then back again.

The Royal Family usually takes part in the Trooping the Colour.

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