Queen Elizabeth and Other British Royals With Spring Birthdays
Spring is the air and as the weather gets nicer a number of British royals celebrate their birthdays. Queen Elizabeth II turned 95 on April 21, 2021, but her milestone birthday was marked in low-key fashion due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the death of her husband, Prince Philip, less than two weeks earlier.
The monarch opted to forgo a couple of annual traditions by not having a new birthday portrait taken or the 41-gun and 21-gun salutes in Hyde Park and the Tower of London. Also, the annual Trooping the Colour parade was canceled for the second year in a row. Here’s more on the somber way the queen chose to mark her birthday, plus which other royals were born in the springtime as well.
Social media posts on Queen Elizabeth’s 95th birthday
Queen Elizabeth’s social media accounts posted a message announcing her birthday with the caption: “Today is the queen’s 95th birthday. HM was born on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in London, the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York.”
The post concluded by stating: “This year the queen remains at Windsor Castle during a period of Royal Mourning following the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.”
Another post from the royal followed in which she thanked everyone for their “good wishes” and tributes to the man she was married to for more than 73 years.
April 21 is the first of Queen Elizabeth’s two birthdays.
Why the monarch has 2 different birthdays
While she was born in April, the queen’s public birthday is observed on the second Saturday in June. That’s because it’s customary to celebrate a sovereign’s birthday publicly on a day during the summer.
The Metro noted that the tradition dates back to the reign of King George II in 1748. Since then, each reigning king or queen’s official summer birthday has been marked by the annual Trooping The Colour ceremony. And, in some parts of the Commonwealth, that summer birthday is recognized as a public holiday.
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Other royal family members with springtime birthdays
Queen Elizabeth isn’t the only royal who celebrates a birthday in the springtime. In fact, she isn’t the only one whose birthday is in April.
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s youngest son, Prince Louis, shares a birthday month with his great-grandmother. Louis was born on April 23 just two days after the queen’s birthday.
Another royal who has a birthday around the monarch is William and Kate daughter, Princess Charlotte. Like the royal family matriarch, Charlotte is a Taurus as she was born on May 2. Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie has that zodiac sign too as his birthday is May 6. Another May baby and fellow Taurus in the family is Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara Tindall, who was born on May 15.