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Today is Queen Elizabeth II's birthday: here's what you need to know

The traditions and news of this year

By Claudia Matrisciano

Today, April 21st, Queen Elizabeth II blows out 94 candles and celebrates, albeit in a lockdown in her Windsor Castle, her birthday (God Save The Queen!).

We have therefore decided to gather some curiosities about the longest-lived monarch of all time. You will discover not only how his birthday is celebrated according to tradition, but also how, this year, changes have been made to the program due to the coronavirus.

Elizabeth was "born" twice

Quite strange claim isn't it? Yet the birthday of our dear Lilibet is celebrated on two different days. April 21st, the actual day of his birth and June 4th.

In fact, sovereigns born in winter or immediately after it have always celebrated birthdays when weather conditions are more favorable for parades. Specifically for June 4th, there is talk of "Trooping the Color" (the Flag Parade), a parade that invades the streets of London.

This year, however, the Queen, due to the difficult moment that the world is going through, has decided to cancel the celebrations. It hadn't happened in 68 years.

 
 
 
 
 
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Earlier this week, Her Majesty The Queen received the Order of St John’s first ever Service Medal in Gold during an audience with Professor Mark Compton, Lord Prior of the Order of St John. The Queen is Sovereign Head of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem. The Order of St John is a Royal Order of Chivalry first constituted as such by Royal Charter from Queen Victoria in 1888. The Order today is perhaps most well-known for its role with St John Ambulance and the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem, as well as delivering first aid, healthcare and support services in over 30 countries around the world through St John International.

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Cannon shots

Another tradition, which unfortunately will not be celebrated this year, are the more than 100 blank cannon shots that are fired, at 12 o'clock, from three different points of the city: on Parade Groud in Hyde Park, from Windsor Great Parkvand and from London Tower.

Through the spokesman for the Royal Family, Elizabeth informed the British that: "this tribute would not be appropriate due to the current circumstances". This decision was not only made because the subjects cannot leave the house, due to the lockdown, but also as a sign of respect for the victims of Covid-19 and for the pain that many British families are going through.

The Queen's diet

From this lockdown we realized that we have one and only love: food. And even the Queen seems to have her sins of gluttony. A birthday cannot be defined as such if it is not celebrated with a beautiful cake. The sovereign of England, in fact, will probably celebrate with her favorite dessert: the chocolate biscuit cake, the only dish that is enchanted by breaking the protocol.

In her diet, the Queen also introduces a glass of champagne at the end of the day every night before going to sleep. For breakfast, however, he only drinks Earl Gray tea, accompanied by a couple of biscuits. Before lunch gin and Dubonnet with a slice of lemon and lots of ice, while during the meal wine or dry Martini.

I feel ready for an aperitif and a lunch with the Queen.

A Queen 2.0

This year Elizabeth II will not be able to celebrate surrounded by her children and grandchildren as usual. She will remain in Windsor Castle, with her husband Filippo (the allegations about this poor man cease).

The news is that, the Queen, will be celebrated through social networks. Royal sources have confirmed that a message will surely be posted on the official profiles of the Royal Family to remember the glorious birthday of the sovereign. It is also rumored that Elizabeth, during this period of quarantine, has trained a lot on the use of social media and video calls and William too seems to have declared that there is a family group on the Zoom video conferencing platform.

In this case we would all like to be invited to this virtual party!

 
 
 
 
 
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🇳🇿 I te rā nei, Ka nui tonu ngā hāpori puta noa i Aotearoa whānui e aro ana ki Waitangi. Ko tēnei hararei o te motu e whakanui ana i te hainatanga o Te Tiriti o Waitangi, e ai ki te nuinga ko te puka i tuapapa ai i tō tātou whenua o Niu Tireni. Today, communities across new New Zealand will be marking Waitangi Day. The national holiday commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, widely considered to be the document which founded modern New Zealand. Photo 1: The Queen - wearing the kiwi feather korowai (cloak) given to her for her Coronation in 1953 - in Christchurch in 2002. Photo 2: The Queen (plus assorted corgis and dorgis!) welcomes the All Blacks to Buckingham Palace in 2007. Photo 3: The Queen at the unveiling ceremony for the New Zealand War Memorial in London in 2006. Photo 4: The Queen is greeted by a Guard of Honour as she arrives in Wellington in 2002. Photos: Press Association

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Know dear Elizabeth, that although no one can celebrate or see you with one of your colorful outfits, we wish you to live this birthday, in a chic and regal way as only you can do. And above all... "We will meet again Lilibet!".

 
 
 
 
 
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✈️🎖The Queen, Honorary Air Commodore visited @rafmarham in Norfolk today. The Royal Family have long supported the air base. Swipe ➡️ to see a photograph of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother visiting personnel in 1988. RAF Marham is a military airbase, with over 3600 working personnel. The airbase provides engineering support across the RAF and is home to the F-35B Lightning, a military aircraft. The Queen visited the Integrated Training Centre, which provides future pilots with thorough training and enables them to qualify as a Lightning Plane pilot. Her Majesty watched a demonstration of simulation-based training. This special training enables new pilots to practice flying planes without being in the air.

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