- Queen Elizabeth II was born in April
- Her big birthday celebration takes place in June
- There is a reason the royal celebrates twice
Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926 in London, so there is already a day in the year when there is reason to celebrate. But the day the monarch was born is far from being shared with everyone— on her actual birthday, April 21, the Queen only wants to be surrounded by her family.
The queen has a private and public birthday celebration
The party in honour of the Queen on this day only takes place in a smaller circle, meaning the public is not involved. But there is also an official birthday party for the royal in which the general public can also participate! However, quite a bit of time passes between the first and second celebrations.
If her birthday falls on a weekday, the party is moved to the weekend as Queen Elizabeth II postpones it by several months. The Queen's day of honour is officially celebrated on the second Saturday in June, so there are almost two months between the two festivities. There's a plausible reason why Queen Elizabeth II does it this way— and it has to do with the weather.
The Queen's birthday celebration delayed due to weather
In April, the notorious English weather is even more unpredictable than in June, so the official celebration is simply postponed by two months. For someone like the Queen, that's not a problem. After all, it is important that everything is perfect at her birthday party. Of course, her party is not an ordinary one with coffee and cake— for the Queen, it has to be something more extraordinary.
That's why the Trooping the Color military parade takes place in London every year on the second weekend in June. The Queen celebrating her birthday twice a year goes back to an Edwardian tradition since Prince Albert Edward ruled Britain from 1901 to 1910. As he was born in November and that month wouldn't have lent itself well to a big outdoor party, he moved the military parade to the summer.
The better weather was a deciding factor in this decision, and over a hundred years later it is still practiced in exactly the same way. The royals still like to stay true to some traditions. In this case, it's understandable— after all, there are worse things than celebrating your birthday twice! Both days, as different as they may be, are certainly very special for the British Queen.