Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 90th Birthday.

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Okay so we know the queen turned 90 on April 21 and had beacons lit in her honor to mark the joyous celebrations.so what’s with the monarch having a birthday celebration again this weekend? Well its all down to the British weather. Since 1748,the monarch’s known as trooping the colour-usually held on the king or queens actual birthday.

But Edward VII, who reigned from 1901 to 1910, was born in November. And elebrated  officially in may or June because  there was less chance of it being cold and drizzly during the outdoor event.  The monarch after Edward VII- George V-helpfully had a birthday in june, but the queen’s father . George VI,whose birthday was in December ,reintroduced the tradition of an official birthday, which Elizabeth II has continued.

The official birthday celebrations for the Queen started yesterday with a service  of thanksgiving  at st paul’s cathedral, and  was attended by royals and more than 2000 people.

The celebrations continued today with Trooping the Colour  which is a ceremony performed by regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies. It has been a tradition of British infantry regiments since the 17th century, although the roots go back much earlier. On battlefields, a regiment’s colours, or flags, were used as rallying points. Consequently, regiments would have their ensigns slowly march with their colours between the soldiers’ ranks to enable soldiers to recognise their regiments’ colours.

Pictures from the ceremony so far;

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