His is a big year for royal delights with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June – and her official birthday this month.

The annual event will be marked by the Trooping the Colour military parade, attended by various members of the royal family.

Tickets to various parades can be purchased in advance.

Here’s everything you need to know about the monarch’s birthday celebrations:

When is the Queen’s birthday and why are there two of them?

The Queen’s actual birthday is April 21 – because she was born on this day in 1926.

In the tradition of great-grandfather Edward VII, official festivals are often moved to a time of better weather in England.

Although the usual parade has been canceled for the past two years due to the pandemic and the death of Prince Phillip, this year it will return to its full ceremonial glory.

What is Trooping the Color?

More than 1,400 marching soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will join the traditional Parade to mark the Queen’s official birthday. This year it will be held on June 2.

From Buckingham Palace to the Mall, to the Guardians of the Horse Parade, the parade will feature members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages.

The traditional parade will close with a passing flight of the Royal Air Force (RAF), witnessed by the Queen and members of the Royal Family from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

The ceremony has been held in London almost every year since King George IV began his reign, to mark the king’s official birthday.

Its origins lie in battle, where companies would rush in and march, displaying their colors, before and after battle.

Events start at 10 a.m. and air at 1 p.m.

How can I watch the Queen’s Birthday Parade?

Tickets can be purchased this for rehearsal parades including one attended by the Major General (Saturday 21 May) and another reviewed by the Duke of Cambridge (Saturday 28 May).

However, the main event considered by the Royals offers standing tickets to the public and an open ballot for seated tickets, which will be drawn at a later date.

Those without a ticket can join the crowds at the edge of St James’s Park overlooking the Horse Guards Parade or along the Mall.

You can enjoy the event broadcast at home, live on BBC One.

Will the parade be canceled due to bad weather?

The past two years have seen the monarch’s birthday parade and national beauty pageant – but the last time the event was canceled due to bad weather was 1948.

It was also suspended in 1955 due to a railroad strike.

But that is unlikely this year, unless there is thunder that can frighten the horses.


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