This year, Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 91st birthday on Saturday, June 10, 2017 with -- need we say it? -- a birthday party fit for a queen!
On her official birthday, Her Majesty is joined by other members of the Royal Family with a public appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. The general public are also traditionally treated to a spectacular "Trooping the Colour" parade which moves between Buckingham Palace, The Mall and Horseguards’ Parade.
All about Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday
she was actually born on April 21, the official birthday of Queen
Elizabeth II is celebrated each year in the UK on a weekend
in June for purely practical reasons. The day usually presents
more acceptable weather for a public party!
If you're not in town on the big day, the festivities traditionally air live, all or in part on BBC One.
As well as in London and Windsor , events
related to the Queen's Birthday are scheduled throughout Great
Britain, in New
Zealand (first Monday in June), Australia (second Monday in June), and in Canada,
(on the last weekend in May on Victoria
Day) when schools are usually closed and bank holidays
celebrate with a day off.
A 1924 London Underground poster told
commuters how to get to the celebration.
Queen's birthday fun facts
• The first British monarch to celebrate their birthday other than his actual birth date was King Edward VII. Although born on November 9, his official birthday was marked throughout his reign in May or June when there was a greater likelihood of good weather for Trooping the Colour.
• In the UK, the most important and watched event related to the day is the historic military ceremony known as Trooping the Colour - with a parade down The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, including a fly-past of military aircraft and gun salutes fired at noon at Hyde Park.
• Today, Australia is the only country in the world to celebrate the Queen's Birthday not once, but TWICE. While most of the country observes the day on the second Monday in June, Western Australia celebrates the Queen's birthday on the last Monday in September or the first Monday in October.
More about the Queen's birthday around the Web:
Around the Web, find out more at top sites offering facts, information, picture galleries and historical background celebrating the
life and times of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II ...
The Queen's Birthdays - The official
British Monarchy web site explains the tradition and celebrations with more on the Trooping the Colour.