Queen Elizabeth celebrates two birthdays every year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on (usually) the second Saturday in June.
Official celebrations to mark Sovereigns’ birthday have often been held on a day other than the actual birthday, particularly when the actual birthday has not been in the summer.
King Edward VII, for example, was born on 9 November, but his official birthday was marked throughout his reign in May or June when there was a greater likelihood of good weather for the Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Color.
Queen Elizabeth usually spends her actual birthday privately. The special occasion is marked publicly by gun salutes in central London at midday: a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park, a 21 gun salute in Windsor Great Park and a 62 gun salute at the Tower of London. In 2006, Her Majesty celebrated her 80th Birthday in 2006 with a walkabout in the streets outside of Windsor Castle to meet well-wishers.
On her official birthday, Her Majesty is joined by other members of the Royal Family at the spectacular Trooping the Colour parade which moves between Buckingham Palace, The Mall and Horseguards’ Parade as well as a public appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Currently, she is the most popular and celebrated monarch in the world. She has seen everything from a cold war era to socio-political changes. The Queen is loved not only by the citizens of her country but also people around the world. On the occasion of Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday, we bring to you top-4 quotes by her.
- I have to be seen to be believed.
- Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.
- I simply ache from smiling. Why are women expected to beam all the time? It’s unfair. If a man looks solemn, it’s automatically assumed he’s a serious person, not a miserable one.
- They are not royal. They just happen to have me as their aunt.