Today we are wishing happy birthday to England’s dear Queenie, who turns 84. Mel Brooks once said, “It’s good to be the King”; well, it isn’t too shabby being the Queen either when you get to celebrate TWO separate birthdays…excuuuuse her 😉
Two birthdays, you ask? Yep. The first one is her actual date of birth, 21 April, which is celebrated with gun salutes that transpire at both Hyde Park and the Tower of London–Hyde Park‘s is at noon, when 41 rounds of cannon-fire and gun-shots burst forth from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. The salute to follow at the Tower is at 1:00pm, at which time 62 rounds are fired.
The Queen’s second birthday celebration partakes on the first Saturday of June (the 12th this year) during the Trooping the Colour ceremony. This event is far more extravagant than the April gun salutes, as over 1400 royal guards and 200 horses march from Buckingham Palace to Whitehall and back. Marching bands fill the air as the colored flags swirl within the vast outdoor space of the Horse Guards Parade.
All of the Commonwealth countries celebrate the Queen’s birthday as well.
If you haven’t visited or moved here in time for these particular birthday events, just know that when you do relocate to London, you will have multiple opportunities to observe gun salutes commemorating several other royal occasions. Let London Relocation Ltd. situate you near the festivities (but out of the range of gunfire :))!