When is the Queen’s birthday in 2022? Why does the Queen have two birthdays?

The ceremony of Trooping the Color takes place in June each year and is attended by the Queen, to celebrate her birthday (Picture Getty Images)

Today, Queen Elizabeth II will turn 96, just ahead of her Platinum Jubilee celebrating 70 years on the throne. While the Queen Mother gave birth to Queen Elizabeth in April, public celebrations for her birthday de ella do not take place until June and the date changes every year.

So, why does she have two birthdays and when are they? Here’s what you need to know.

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When was the Queen born?

Queen Elizabeth II was born on 21 April, 1926 – the first born child of King George VI and his wife, the Queen Mother Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. The Queen is officially the oldest UK monarch in history. On December 20, 2007 she overtook a record set by her great great grandmother, Queen Victoria.

On 6 February 1952, she acceded to the throne after the sudden and untimely death of her father. She was only 25 years old. On 9 September 2015, she became the longest-reigning English monarch in history. Queen Elizabeth will celebrate 70 years on the throne next year, Queen Victoria reigned for 64 years.

When is the Queen’s birthday?

While the Queen celebrated her official birthday on 21 April, Trooping the Color – the name given to the queen’s public celebratory parade – does not take place until June 12th. In April, she usually celebrates with a relatively private family affair.

For the first time since her reign, the gun salutes did not take place in 2020 as she was keen that there would be no special measures which would go against government coronavirus restrictions. The June parade – which usually attracts thousands of well-wishers to central London – takes place on a Saturday every year, so there is no specific date.

Why does the Queen have two birthdays?

Queen Elizabeth’s birthday parade takes place in June, as Britain has unpredictable weather.

The tradition dates back to the 1700s, when George II in 1748 decided it would be too cold to have the Trooping the Color parade on his actual birthday – in November. King George decided to combine his birthday celebration with an annual military parade, in June.

What is ‘Trooping the Colour’?

The Trooping of Color has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years. Over 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians put on a display of military precision and fanfare to celebrate.

The public line the streets with British flags and other flag-dawning memorabilia, as the parade moves from Buckingham Palace down The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, alongside Members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages.

The display closes with an RAF fly-past, watched by Members of the Royal Family from Buckingham Palace balcony. The Queen will attend the celebrations and used to attend on horseback herself, to inspect the soldiers in their ceremonial uniform of red tunics and bearskin hats. However, in recent years she has attended by traveling in a carriage.

Is the Queen’s birthday a public holiday?

The Queen’s birthday is not a bank holiday and most businesses and services operate as normal on the day of her birthday parade. Her April birthday de ella is also not a bank holiday, as she celebrates this privately.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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