All of us have that one buddy 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 type of mates. 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 could 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 sort of hilarious, and so British.

Finest-selling royal writer Robert Jobson, who has chronicled the royal household for 25 years, advised The Huffington Submit that the custom goes means again to 1748, within the time of King George II. “George was born in November, and felt the climate can be too chilly at the moment of 12 months for his annual birthday parade,” he mentioned. “So as an alternative, he mixed his birthday celebration with an annual spring army parade often called Trooping the Color, through which regiments displayed their flags or ‘colors’ so troopers can be accustomed to them.”

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

Trooping the Color, which might be held on June 17 this 12 months, is a public affair. The royal household famously makes an appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in the course of the ceremony, to the delight of royal lovers in every single place. However the queen’s precise birthday, April 21, is widely known with a lot much less fanfare, in accordance with Victoria Arbiter, royal correspondent for CNN. 

“The queen isn’t one for fuss and so birthdays are usually marked quietly and privately,” Arbiter advised The Huffington Submit. “For the milestone birthdays equivalent to her 90th final 12 months 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 includes extra events. Now that’s our sort of monarch. Glad 91st birthday, Queen Elizabeth II! 

Try some pictures of the queen celebrating each of her birthdays beneath.

  • Keystone-France by way of Getty Photographs

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

  • Fox Pictures by way of Getty Photographs

    Her 50th birthday portrait from April 1976. 

  • Tim Graham by way of Getty Photographs

    Admiring her birthday cake on April 21, 1989. 

  • Peter Macdiarmid by way of Getty Photographs

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

  • Samir Hussein by way of Getty Photographs

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

  • CARL COURT by way of Getty Photographs

    On the Trooping the Color on June 15, 2013. 

  • WPA Pool by way of Getty Photographs

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

  • Karwai Tang by way of Getty Photographs

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

  • Alan Crowhurst by way of Getty Photographs

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