Still on the subject of birthdays, the Queen celebrated her official birthday this week with the Trooping the Colour ceremony. Thousands of flag waving spectators lined The Mall, cheering as The Queen and Prince Philip made the carriage ride from Buckingham Palace to the parade ground.
The Queen has already celebrated her birthday in April but historically the monarch has an official birthday in Summer as well. The tradition of two birthdays goes back to the time when if monarchs were born in Winter, the weather was deemed unsuitable for outdoor events so a second “birthday” had to be created for them. Unfortunately when this tradition came into being, they didn’t count on how unpredictable the British weather can be. Fortunately the grey overcast skies, which later turned to rain, did nothing to dampen either her Majesty’s spirits or those of the cheering crowds, as the Queen took the traditional salute in the Trooping the Colour parade at nearby Horse Guards. The Queen performed her duties with the usual poise and composure we have come to expect from her many years as our sovereign. Long may she reign over us!