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Events to Mark the Queen’s Birthday
Her Majesty has two birthdays every year – her real birthday, which is on 21st April and then her official birthday, which is celebrated in June. This tradition of having two birthdays is believed to have started during the reign of King George II back in 1748 who was born in October but wanted to hold his grand royal birthday parade in the summer!
This year, Her Majesty will celebrate her 91st birthday and, after last year’s countrywide events and celebrations, things will probably be a little quieter…… or, perhaps not, as there will be a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park to mark her birthday! The salute will be fired at 12 noon by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery (KTRHA) and will take place in the north-eastern corner of the park, not far from Speaker’s Corner.
And, just in case you miss that one, another gun salute will take place at 1 pm at the Tower of London. This will be a 62-gun salute, fired by the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) at Gun Wharf, the cobbled path between the Tower of London and the river.
There is no cost to watch these salutes but be warned! They are incredibly loud!
The Queen’s Official Birthday this year will be celebrated on Saturday, 17th June, with the Trooping the Colour for the Queen’s Birthday Parade at Horse Guards Parade, followed by a fly-past over Buckingham Palace by the Royal Air Force. You can watch the procession from The Mall, or from the edge of St James’s Park, facing Horse Guards Parade.
And, following on from all the celebrations last year for her 90th birthday, there is likely to be a number of local street parties up and down the country. So, if you can’t get down to London, why not join in your local party instead?
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