June 13th will mark the Queen’s second birthday. Here are some facts about Elizabeth II’s two birthdays.
The global pandemic has affected everyone as businesses shut for a good few months and many people stayed at home.
Events and festivals have been all postponed to a later date such as the Summer Olympics in Tokyo and the Glastonbury Festival in the UK.
This weekend is the Queen’s second birthday and many wonder if it’s a bank holiday, as well as if there are any celebrations to mark the day.
Is the Queen’s birthday a bank holiday?
- No, the Queen’s second birthday is not a bank holiday.
In fact, there are no bank holidays that celebrate the Queen or the rest of the Royal Family.
However, 2012 was the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee which led to a rare bank holiday celebrating her birthday.
At the time, the Monday on June 4th was a spring bank holiday, and Tuesday, June 5th celebrated the Queen’s 60-year-reign, leading to a four-day bank holiday.
While there are no bank holidays linked to the Royal Family, there are a lot of celebrations to mark the Queen’s two birthdays.
Why does the Queen have two birthdays?
The Queen was born on April 21st in 1926 and this year she celebrated her 94th birthday.
Her second birthday falls on the second Saturday of June every year which is to mark her ‘official’ birthday.
Official birthdays were introduced back in the 18th century during the reign of King George II.
The Queen’s summer birthday is marked with the Trooping the Colour Parade which sees over 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians.
The Queen’s second birthday: Celebrations
While there is a huge military parade to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday, this year there will be a smaller celebration due to the pandemic.
The Queen will mark her birthday on Saturday, June 13th with a small ceremony at Windsor Castle.
This ceremony will replace the annual Trooping the Colour Parade where the Royal Family watches the military parade from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.