How old is the Queen, why does she have two birthdays and when are they?
But why does Her Majesty have two birthdays and what dates do they fall on? Here's how it all works…
Why does the Queen have two birthdays?
The Queen has two birthday celebrations each year: one on her actual birth date, and the other on her “official” birthday.
This is down to the temperamental British weather.
The tradition for monarchs to have two birthdays was started by George II back in 1748.
George was born in November and it was felt that it was too cold to host an annual birthday parade at that time.
It was decided that his birthday festivities would be combined with a military parade known as the Trooping the Colour, which was held in spring.
The tradition for two separate birthdays is still observed today.
When are the Queen’s birthdays in 2018?
The Queen was born on April 21, 1926.
Her “official” birthday date changes every year but is usually held on a Saturday in June, often the second one, for convenience.
Last year it was celebrated on Saturday, June 17, while this year it took place on Saturday, June 9.
The “official” birthday is still celebrated by the Trooping the Colour procession.
Her Majesty was joined by other members of the Royal Family at the parade, which moves between Buckingham Palace, The Mall and Horseguards’ Parade.
She also made a public appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
How old is Elizabeth II?
The Queen was born in 1926 and turned 92 in 2018.
Many will remember the Queen’s 90th festivities as one of the highlights of 2016.
Apart from when it is a milestone celebration, such as last year, the Queen traditionally spends her actual birthday privately.
Queen Elizabeth II is the oldest monarch to have reigned in Britain, with second place going to Queen Victoria who lived to the age of 81.
Is the Queen preparing to stand down?
Over the summer of 2017 speculation grew that the Queen could stand down, effectively giving Prince Charles the throne.
The monarch was reported to have told her inner circle she would request the Regency Act be activated if she was still on the throne at the age of 95.
However, the speculation appeared to be quashed a week later when sources close to Her Majesty told The Sunday Times she had no intention of stepping aside for Prince Charles.
They added that the Queen was as committed as ever to her duty.
The throne will pass to Prince Charles if the Queen abdicates, retires or dies.
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