All of us have that one pal who loves their birthday so a lot, they handle to increase it right into a birth-week annually. Because it seems, Queen Elizabeth II is a kind of pals. Type of.  

The queen has not one, however two birthday celebrations yearly. The primary is her actual birthday (April 21) and the second is her “official birthday,” held annually in June. Whereas the precise date varies, the celebration is held on a Saturday and coincides with the Trooping the Colour. You might have thought that 2016’s seemingly endless celebration was solely in honor of her milestone 90th birthday, however she really celebrates it greater than as soon as yearly.

However why? The reason being form of hilarious, and so British.

Greatest-selling royal writer Robert Jobson, who has chronicled the royal household for 25 years, instructed The Huffington Publish that the custom goes means again to 1748, within the time of King George II. “George was born in November, and felt the climate could be too chilly at the moment of yr for his annual birthday parade,” he stated. “So as an alternative, he mixed his birthday celebration with an annual spring navy parade often called Trooping the Color, during which regiments displayed their flags or ‘colors’ so troopers could be aware of them.”

In different phrases, the queen has two birthdays due to Britain’s notoriously unpredictable weather

Trooping the Color, which will likely be held on June 17 this yr, is a public affair. The royal household famously makes an appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace through the ceremony, to the delight of royal lovers in all places. However the queen’s precise birthday, April 21, is well known with a lot much less fanfare, in response to Victoria Arbiter, royal correspondent for CNN. 

“The queen will not be one for fuss and so birthdays are typically marked quietly and privately,” Arbiter instructed The Huffington Publish. “For the milestone birthdays similar to her 90th final yr the entire household will come collectively for a particular dinner, however by and enormous the queen prefers a low-key affair.”

Knowing how much the queen loves cake, we presume there may be one concerned within the celebration.  

Arbiter defined that whereas it’s not required for the queen to have two birthday celebrations, “It’s custom. And if there may be something for which the royal household is most well-known, it’s custom.”

Depart it to the queen to prioritize a convention that entails extra events. Now that’s our form of monarch. Comfortable 91st birthday, Queen Elizabeth II! 

Take a look at some pictures of the queen celebrating each of her birthdays beneath.

  • Keystone-France by way of Getty Pictures

    On the Trooping the Color cermony on Jun 11, 1966. 

  • Fox Images by way of Getty Pictures

    Her 50th birthday portrait from April 1976. 

  • Tim Graham by way of Getty Pictures

    Admiring her birthday cake on April 21, 1989. 

  • Peter Macdiarmid by way of Getty Pictures

    Receiving birthday flowers from faculty kids on April 21, 2006.  

  • Samir Hussein by way of Getty Pictures

    In the course of the Trooping the Color on June 14, 2008. 

  • CARL COURT by way of Getty Pictures

    On the Trooping the Color on June 15, 2013. 

  • WPA Pool by way of Getty Pictures

    Admiring her 90th birthday cake on April 21, 2016.

  • Karwai Tang by way of Getty Pictures

    Arriving on the Trooping the Color with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh  to have a good time her 90th birthday on June 11, 2016.

  • Alan Crowhurst by way of Getty Pictures

    With Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh throughout ‘The Patron’s Lunch’ celebrations for her 90th birthday at on June 12, 2016.