All of us have that one pal who loves their birthday so a lot, they handle to increase it right into a birth-week every year. Because it seems, Queen Elizabeth II is a kind of buddies. Sort 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 every year 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 truly celebrates it greater than as soon as yearly.

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

Finest-selling royal creator Robert Jobson, who has chronicled the royal household for 25 years, instructed The Huffington Publish that the custom goes method 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 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 could be conversant in them.”

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

Trooping the Color, which shall be held on June 17 this yr, is a public affair. The royal household famously makes an appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace throughout the ceremony, to the delight of royal fans all over the place. However the queen’s precise birthday, April 21, is widely known with a lot much less fanfare, in line with Victoria Arbiter, royal correspondent for CNN. 

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

Knowing how much the queen loves cake, we presume there’s 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’s 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 type of monarch. Joyful 91st birthday, Queen Elizabeth II! 

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

  • Keystone-France through Getty Photographs

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

  • Fox Images through Getty Photographs

    Her 50th birthday portrait from April 1976. 

  • Tim Graham through Getty Photographs

    Admiring her birthday cake on April 21, 1989. 

  • Peter Macdiarmid through Getty Photographs

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

  • Samir Hussein through Getty Photographs

    Throughout the Trooping the Color on June 14, 2008. 

  • CARL COURT through Getty Photographs

    On the Trooping the Color on June 15, 2013. 

  • WPA Pool through Getty Photographs

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

  • Karwai Tang through Getty Photographs

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

  • Alan Crowhurst through Getty Photographs

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