It’s the first of the Queen’s birthdays today, with another to follow in June, but the reason as to why she gets two is the epitome of Britishness.
Queen Elizabeth turns 91 today, which is a lot less of a big deal than it was last year, when her majesty’s nonagenarian celebrations seemed to go forever…
She does have more action to come though, in June – usually on the second Saturday, so this year it’s the 17th – and there’s an extremely logical, British reason behind it, according to the Mirror.
Apparently the concept the king or queen should have two days to celebrate their birth originated 250 years ago, because of a very simple reason.
That’s right, would you really expect anything else?
The Monarch’s birthday is always celebrated with a special parade, AKA Trooping the Colour, but the Queen’s dad George VI – whose birthday was in December – re-ignited that age old tradition of having two.
So lumbered with an April birthday – a notoriously unpredictable time of year in the UK, known for wind and rain – The Queen decided to continue this and book in a June birthday, so she could celebrate in the summer sun.
On her actual date of birth, things are relatively low-key and the Queen will often enjoy a nice stroll around her Windsor grounds, followed by a luxurious dinner at the castle.
Her official birthday however, is much more of a high-profile affair, involving the annual parade, a horse procession, a fly-over Buckingham Palace and the announcement of her Birthday Honours List.
And if you were royalty and could call the shots, you’d have two, no doubt about it and why the hell not…