Queen has two birthdays because ancestor thought November was too cold to party

The Queenreally is the most celebrated person in Britain right now – not only have we just had the incredible Jubilee celebrations, it's also her birthday.

But wait, you might say – hasn't it just been the Queen's birthday back in April?

That would be correct because the Queen does in fact have two birthdays – although they perform very different roles.

The Platinum Jubilee saw a weekend of joyous celebrations across the nation, with street parties and a long relaxing weekend providing the backing to incredible events at Buckingham Palace, including a pageant and amazing RAF flybys.

It also provided a platform for the nation's new favourite royal, Prince Louis, who stole the show with his cheeky mischief and hilarious face-pulling, much to mum Kate Middleton’s dismay.

As the dust settles on that wonderful weekend and attention turns to Her Maj’s next big event, why does she have two birthdays and what is the point of them?

Why does the Queen have two birthdays?

The Queen has two birthdays to ensure that the weather is nice enough to have a proper military parade to celebrate.

The tradition was started in 1748 by George II, who was born in November, which in case you haven't noticed is rather cold and wet.

He wanted to celebrate his birthday properly though, so decided to combine the celebrations with the preexisting summer military parade Trooping the Colour.

The tradition has carried on and so, now, the Queen has two birthdays – one which is her real birthday and another which is the celebration of her birthday officially.

The Queen was born on April 21, 1926 and she usually spends her real birthday privately.

How will the Queen’s birthday be celebrated?

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The Queen’s birthday parade is known as Trooping the Colour and has been the official celebration of the monarch’s birthday for some 260 years.

The event sees the Mall outside Buckingham Palace packed with 1,400 military personnel, music, horses and Union Jack-waving fans.

The Trooping the Colour has its history on the battlefield, where the colours of the nation would be a rallying cry for troops.

This year the celebrations were incorporated into the Platinum Jubilee weekend, which saw the public holiday dates of June 2 to June 5 observed instead of June 11.

Celebration on June 11 will be fairly limited this year – though it will involve a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park in London and a 21-gun salute in Windsor.

Will the Queen’s Birthday become the King’s birthday?

It is thought that, when Charles ascends to the throne, he too will carry on the tradition of having two birthdays – although it has not been confirmed when his official state birthday will be.

Prince Charles was born on November 14 1948, another cold birthday.

It is likely then that he too will continue the tradition of holding the official celebration at a warmer point in the year.

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