Monday 28 September, 2020

Why the Queen has 2 birthdays

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

One birthday a year does not apply to everyone.

Monarchs in the United Kingdom have two!

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As Barbadians celebrate five of their own being honoured Queen Elizabeth II today in her Birthday Honours list for 2019, it must be recognized that this is her second birthday this year. 

When is the Queen’s birthday?

Queen Elizabeth II’s actual birthday is in April, she has chosen to continue this tradition and has a ‘second’ birthday in June, which is when she hands out honours.

This year her second birthday falls today, June 8, 2019.

Where did this two-birthday originate and why?

According to, the monarch has two birthdays in the UK – their actual one and an official one.

The two-birthday tradition was started by George II in 1748, was born in November, and felt the weather would be too cold at that time of year for his annual birthday parade.

Instead, he combined his birthday celebration with an annual spring military parade known as Trooping the Colour, in which regiments displayed their flags or “colours.

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