This weekend the nation continues the celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, this time marking The Queen’s official birthday on Saturday 11 June. Ever since the seventeenth century it has been tradition to mark the monarch’s birthday on a day other than their actual birthday, should it fall outside of summer months. So, with The Queen’s actual birthday falling on 21 April, we celebrate Her Majesty’s official birthday on a Saturday in June. From traditional celebrations, such as Trooping the Colour, to the fanfare and festivities of street parties and events, the official birthday celebrations to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday are sure to stretch far and wide as the nation celebrates Her Majesty’s personal milestone.
The Queen’s official birthday celebrations.
This weekend is the culmination of The Queen’s birthday celebrations, following two months of festivities that began on 21 April – The Queen’s actual birthday – and continued with official celebrations in May at Windsor Castle. The Queen’s official birthday will be marked this Saturday with the traditional Trooping the Colour parade, but the festivities are set to take place all weekend, building towards a 10,000 strong street party on The Mall.
Friday 10 June 2016
Three days of events will begin with The National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 10 June 2016, which is also The Duke of Edinburgh’s 95th birthday – who is sure to get a special mention!
Saturday 11 June 2016
The Queen’s official birthday is always marked with Trooping the Colour, a traditional military parade that has taken place since 1820.
Her Majesty The Queen, joined by members of the Royal family, will travel by carriage from Buckingham Palace to inspect her personal troops in Horse Guards Parade in a televised ceremony at 10am. The Royal family will then appear on the balcony of Buckingham palace to watch a fly-past performed by the Royal Air Force at 1pm.
Sunday 12 June 2016
On Sunday 12 June The Mall outside Buckingham Palace will be transformed for The Patron’s Lunch – a large street party with a picnic and street performances for 10,000 guests.
So why does The Queen celebrate two birthdays?
Traditionally, official celebrations to mark a monarch’s birthday have often been held on a day other than their actual birthday, should it fall outside of summer months. It’s a tradition that started in 1748 with George II. The reason? Quite simply so that official celebrations weren’t hampered by the weather! Find out more about The Queen’s two birthdays, here.
Are you celebrating The Queen’s 90th birthday?
Are you celebrating The Queen’s official birthday this weekend? If so, how? Whether you’re watching the festivities on television, hosting your own street party or even attending the official celebrations, we would love to hear from you. Share you stories and pictures with us on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The Queen’s 90th birthday commemorative coins
Celebrate The Queen’s official birthday and add the official Queen’s 90th Birthday UK commemorative coins to your collection! Alongside the UK £20 coin and UK £5 coin released to mark The Queen’s 90th Birthday, this weekend also sees the release of a limited number of Sovereign coins struck on The Queen’s official birthday – each coin accompanied by an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity signed by hand to attest to their special role in this milestone in our monarch’s life.