Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, officially Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of her other realms and territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was born on April 21, 1926 in London, England.
Her official celebrated birthday is always a weekend in June in order to have the best weather possible for all the activities. The first sovereign to celebrate on a different day from his birth was King George II in 1748. His birthday was in November and he wanted a military parade as part of his party, so he began the tradition of summer celebrations.
The military ceremony King George II established, Trooping the Colour, features a parade that starts from Buckingham Palace and moves down The Mall to Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall, with the gun salutes fired at noon in Hyde Park. The Trooping of the Colour has been updated over the centuries to include flyovers by military aircraft.
One of the Commonwealth nations enjoys a good party so much that it has two birthday parties from the Queen. Western Australia celebrates the Queen’s birthday in September or early October, whereas the rest of the country celebrates it the second Monday in June.
This year, due to the pandemic lock-down, the Queen, who turned 94 on April 21, declined the celebratory gun salutes. She announced that the annual summer events will not go ahead due to the lockdown rules that are currently in place.
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