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Queen's Birthday

Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!

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

Although 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 called to celebrate with a day off.

Trooping the Colour, 1924
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.

Trooping the Colour (The Queen's Birthday Parade) - History, tradition and customs surrounding the annual celebration held at Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall with related pictures.

Sovereign's Official Birthday, Trooping the Colours, Queen's Birthday - Kid-friendly cartoon plus facts & information on the celebration including origins and history, customs & ceremonies.

Trooping the Colour - Photos from the Queen's Birthday Parade - Take the virtual tour in a large photo collection courtesy of UKStudentLife.com.

Queen's Birthday - How it's celebrated in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and at other points around the globe, from Wikipedia.

 

also see -> The Emperor's Birthday in Japan

 

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