Why Does the Queen Elizabeth II Have TWO Birthdays?14-05-2016
Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th birthday, but will also have a second in the summer. Here is why the Queen has two birthdays a year.
When are the Queen's birthdays?
The date of the Queen's birth is April 21, but she also has an official birthday on a Saturday in June every year.
This year the Queen's official birthday will fall on Saturday June 11.
The British monarch's birthday celebrations have often been held on a day that is not their actual birthday.
The tradition is linked to the unreliable British weather because the royal family want to hold the grand royal birthday parade in the summer.
For example, Edward VII was born on November 9, but his official birthday was always marked in May and June during his reign.
Where did the tradition come from?
It is believed that the tradition started during the reign of King George II in 1748.
George II was born in October but the annual summer military cavalcade became a celebration of the king as well as the armed forces.
How is the Queen's birthday celebrated?
The Queen's official birthday is always celebrated with a military parade known as known as Trooping the Colour on Horse Guards Parade in London.
After Trooping the Colour, the royal family traditionally gather to watch a military fly-past from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
The Queen's Birthday Honours list is published around the time of her official birthday celebration in the summer.
Her Majesty's actual birthday tends to be quite a private affair, although gun salutes mark the occasion.
Who else has two birthdays?
Paddington Bear has two birthdays in the children's books by Michael Bond.
When Paddington first went to live with the Browns, they agreed that bears "just like the queen" have two birthdays a year.
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