Now, if our maths is correct it means that Her Majesty The Queen is actually celebrating her 180th birthday today (JUNE 11)!
I’m sure there are plenty of upsides to having two birthdays a year (one official, one the actual birth date) but being twice as old as you should be isn’t one of them.
Thankfully Her Majesty can make all the rules she likes seeing as she’s reigned supreme since her accession in 1952.
As is customary, today will be the regal procession that is Trooping the Colour – a glorious celebration which takes place at Horse Guards Parade just behind Whitehall.
It’s an opportunity for the Queen to inspect soldiers from the Household Division but also provides the chance for her loyal subjects (that’s you and me) to catch a glimpse of the Royal family as they make their way to and from Buckingham Palace.
For those of you intent on camping out along the Mall (intent quite literally!), today will offer the only ‘balcony moment’ of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, so it’s either a great pair of binoculars (LINK TO BINOCULAR REVIEWS PERHAPS) or an armchair seat for the BBC’s exhaustive coverage.
But just why does the Queen have two birthdays? Well, you have to go back nearly 300 years and to the reign of George II for the answer. As has been the case for millennia, the great British weather is responsible. George was born in November and felt the weather was far too cold for his annual birthday parade. Instead, he combined his birthday celebration with a spring military parade known as Trooping the Colour. And it’s a tradition that has lasted to this day.
So whatever you’re doing today, and whether you’re a monarchist or not, I think we can all raise a glass to someone who has led our great nation with distinction.
And at 180 she’s not looking bad at all.