Queen has two birthdays - level 2

Queen has two birthdays - level 2

04-10-2011 13:00

Would you like to have your birthday twice a year? The British Queen has her true birthday in April and also her official birthday in June.

To celebrate an official Queen’s or King’s birthday is an old tradition. The weather in Britain is often bad and it rains a lot. King Edward VII, who was born in November, was the first king who decided to celebrate also his official birthday. November wasn’t good for outdoor celebrations. So he chose warm summer for his official birthday. There were some more kings who did this. Some of them did not do it. King George VI, who was born in December, started this tradition again. He chose a Saturday in June, because June is a warm and sunny month. His daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, continues this tradition.

Today, the celebration is usually on the second Saturday in June.

In this video you can see the Queen on her birthday. She is 85 years old. People sing British national anthem (song). Its name is God Save the Queen. The old woman with glasses in light blue dress is the Queen. The man next to her is her husband.

Written by Hana

Important words: British, celebrate, decide, anthem.

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