How old is the Queen, why does she have two birthdays and when was she crowned?

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How old is the Queen, why does she have two birthdays and when was she crowned?

Earlier in May, The Queen did not make her speech at the State Opening of Parliament, due to ongoing mobility issues. It was only the third time she has missed the annual event in her 70-year reign.

As the UK prepares to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in June, the monarch has been missing events since last October, and had not been seen in public since March, until she attended the Jubilee equestrian show.

In April, Queen Elizabeth II‘s birthday was marked by gun salutes across London and Windsor, while the monarch celebrated privately with family. But the Queen’s official birthday celebrations, involving the annual Trooping the Colour parade, will take place this week.

This year’s June celebration is especially important, as it will also celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and the UK will get to enjoy a four-day weekend.

But how old did the Queen turn in April and when was she crowned?

Queen Elizabeth II turns 96 today--but her official birthday will be celebrated in June. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II turns 96 today--but her official birthday will be celebrated in June. (PA)

How old is the Queen?

The Queen was born on April 21, 1926, meaning she is 96 years old.

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How old was the Queen when she was crowned?

The Queen is the longest reigning monarch of the UK, having been on the throne for 70 years. She became Queen on February 6, 1952, and was crowned the following year on June 2, 1953.

Queen Elizabeth II was only 25 when she became Queen of England.

How many birthdays does the Queen have?

The Queen has been reigning for 70 years and will become the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. (AP)
The Queen has been reigning for 70 years and will become the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. (AP)

The Queen has two birthdays–one on the day she was born (April 21) and an official celebration on a Saturday in June.

On her actual birthday, the Queen mostly celebrates privately, but there are usually gun salutes in Hyde Park, Windsor Great Park, and at the Tower of London.

Her June birthday celebration is a more official affair that involves an annual military parade known as Trooping the Colour, which will take place on Thursday, June 2, this year.

To celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, the UK will get two consecutive bank holidays, on Thursday, June 2, and Friday, June 3.

Why does the Queen have two birthdays?

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Simply put, the Queen has two birthdays due to British weather.

As the monarch’s birthday is typically celebrated with outdoor events, such as Trooping the Colour, it makes more sense to celebrate in the summer, when there’s a greater chance of nice weather.

But the Queen isn’t the first monarch to celebrate two birthdays.

According to Royal Museums Greenwich, George II started the tradition in 1748. He moved his birthday celebrations to coincide with the annual military parade, as he thought the public wouldn’t be able to celebrate in November, his actual birth month.

Furthermore, Queen Elizabeth II’s great-grandfather, Edward VII, was born in November, but his birthday was celebrated in May and June throughout his reign.

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