Happy birthday, Your Majesty

The 21st April 2020 marks Queen Elizabeth II's 94th birthday.

Queen Elizabeth II will be celebrating her birthday in a different manner this year, as the coronavirus lockdown in the UK is still on.

The monarch is currently social distancing at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip and has cancelled her usual celebrations, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Queen usually celebrates in private with her family; however there are usually a number of gun salutes in London at midday. However, the salutes will not take place this year, in line with her wishes that no “special measures” are taken while the crisis continues.

Happy birthday to you x 2

Did you know that the Queen actually has two birthdays? Although she was born on the 21st April 1926, her birthday is officially celebrated in June every year. This tradition actually started in 1748, with King George II, who was born in chilly November. Rather than have his subjects risk catching colds, he ‘moved’ his birthday celebration to later in the year.

This year, the celebration, referred to as the Trooping the Colour, was set to take place on the 13th June. However, Buckingham Palace have announced that the event will not go ahead due to the coronavirus outbreak. A number of other options are being considered instead.

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