Have you ever thought what it would be like to have 2 birthdays?
Two sets of presents, two celebrations, two of everything… The team at Hipper have unanimously concluded that it would be awesome. Brilliant conclusion.
Is it possible, though?
It sure is. Well, you do have to be Elizabeth Alexandra Mary (better known as Elizabeth II), the Queen of the United Kingdom.
The Queen has two birthdays a year: her actual biological birthday, and an official one.
Of course, she lavishly celebrates both; on the 21st April, and the second Saturday in June, respectively. Now isn’t that something?
Born in London in 1926 to the Duke and Duchess of York (King George IV and Queen Elizabeth), Elizabeth II has been the longest-ruling Monarch in British history.
Privately educated, well-brought up, witty and charming, she has been an incredibly popular Monarch and public figure for the past 65 years.
This year, the Queen’s birthday will be celebrated on Saturday, the 9th June.
So, in order to get prepared for the event that evokes feelings in a Brit that even a pint of Guinness fails to, Hipper has put together a short list of fun facts, birthday celebration ideas, and other interesting info about the Queen’s birthday.
Why does the Queen celebrate two birthdays?
More presents. Quite obvious, no?
Well, that’s not really true. The Queen celebrates two birthdays because the Royal Family wants the weather to be nice for Her Majesty’s birthday party.
As you know, The United Kingdom is famous for its unstable weather, frequent rain showers, and fog so thick one can almost swim in it.
The country of umbrellas. So, in order to make sure both the Queen and the UK public have the time of their lives, the first, second or third Saturday in June was chosen as the Queen’s official birthday (depending on the weather forecast).
What are Her Majesty’s duties as Queen of England?
According to www.royal.uk, the Royal Family’s official website, “in a monarchy, a king or queen is Head of State.
The British Monarchy is known as a constitutional monarchy.
This means that, while The Sovereign is Head of State, the ability to make and pass legislation resides with an elected Parliament.
Although The Sovereign no longer has a political or executive role, he or she continues to play an important part in the life of the nation.
As Head of State, The Monarch undertakes constitutional and representational duties which have developed over one thousand years of history. In addition to these State duties, the Monarch has a less formal role as ‘Head of Nation’.
The Sovereign acts as a focus for national identity, unity and pride; gives a sense of stability and continuity; officially recognises success and excellence; and supports the ideal of voluntary service.”
How to best celebrate the Queen’s birthday(s)?
Now, this is where the going gets fun. Each year, Great Britain organises various birthday dos in honour of the Queen.
You can contribute by (not in order of importance): being a good citizen, helping others around you, being an orderly drunk and not spending the tax-payers’ money for ambulances and police cars, toning down on destructiveness and various obscenities the average
Brit is known for in continental Europe. Make us look good. Also, this might be a great opportunity for you to teach your peers or children the history of Great Britain, its Monarchy, as well as its rulers.
Do not hesitate to make this day (or these days, depending on whether you want to celebrate two birthdays or just the one) all about our beloved country.
Here is formal list of activities surrounding the Queen’s birthday:
On 12th-15th May, a four-day event is held at the Home Park at Windsor Castle, attended by the Queen and other members of the Royal family.
The event celebrates the Queen’s life and work, and is free to attend.
Tens of thousands of participants will line the streets to catch a glimpse of the Queen (she only attends the last day, as a four-day party-marathon is a bit too much for her).
The event is ticketed; however, do note that the tickets are free. So hurry up, secure a ticket for yourself, and let us show our Queen how dearly we love her!
Three consecutive days in June are reserved for the following activities: National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral (only the Royal family are invited, but you can take part by lining up the streets and adding to the festivities), the Trooping of Colour (a parade by the Queen’s Guard, the Household Cavalry, and the Royal Airforce), and the Patron’s Lunch (a massive picnic for over 10,000 people).
However, only 1000 tickets are available for the public for the Patron’s Lunch, and then only by ballot – fingers crossed!
All in all, this will be a wonderful chance for you to break up your routine.
Enjoy yourself, make sure that others enjoy it too, and be proud that you are British.
Also, you can, as means of paying tribute to the Queen and Country, treat this event as birthday of someone you’re close to – get them a bouquet of flowers, a nice card, or an extravagant basket of muffins, wine, and chocolates.
From one fellow Brit to another (and everyone else who feels like one) – Happy 92nd Birthday!