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British Queen celebrates her 89th B’Day today

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:48 GMT, Apr 21, 2015 |
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The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday is on 21 April and her official birthday is on a Saturday in June.

Official celebrations to mark Sovereigns’ birthday have often been held on a day other than the actual birthday, particularly when the actual birthday has not been in the summer. King Edward VII, for example, was born on 9 November, but his official birthday was marked throughout his reign in May or June when there was a greater likelihood of good weather for the Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour.

The Queen usually spends her actual birthday privately, but the occasion is marked publicly by gun salutes in central London at midday: a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park, a 21 gun salute in Windsor Great Park and a 62 gun salute at the Tower of London.

On her birthday, Her Majesty is joined by other members of the Royal Family at the spectacular Trooping the Colour parade which moves between Buckingham Palace, The Mall and Horse guards’ Parade.

But, the Royal fans are hoping the Duchess of Cambridge’s second child – the Queen’s fifth great-grandchild – will make an appearance to coincide with the monarch’s birthday. They think that the arrival of a baby girl on the same day would undoubtedly lead to speculation the princess would be called Elizabeth – the third favourite name after Alice and Charlotte.