Hey did you know? The Queen’s birthday, or more broadly the monarch’s birthday, has been celebrated in UK since 1748. The day is publicly celebrated in the summer, currently the second Saturday of June, in hopes of better weather for the ceremonies. This makes the general public 50 days late to the party of The Queen’s actual birthday on the 21st April this year.
The official celebration in London is marked by the ceremony of Trooping the Colour by The Queen’s personal troops, the Household Division. Over 1400 officers, with some 200 horses and over 400 musicians and drummers take part in this spectacular parade. The Queen rides in a carriage at the head of her Guards parade which goes from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and back to the palace.
If you are not one for the crowds along the parade route taking part in the celebration you can join in from the comfort of your home as the event is broadcast live by the BBC.