Queen has two birthdays - level 3

Queen has two birthdays - level 3

04-10-2011 13:00

Who wouldn’t like to celebrate their birthday twice a year? The British Queen is one of the few people who, besides her true birthday in April, also celebrate her official birthday every year.

Celebrating an official Queen’s or King’s birthday is a tradition which was started centuries ago because of uncertain weather conditions in Britain. King Edward VII was the first king who decided to celebrate his official birthday separately from his real birthday, during the warm summer. In November, when he was born, the weather was often cold and wet and outdoor celebrations weren’t always possible. There were some more kings but not all who also decided to celebrate their birthday in warmer months. It was King George VI who was born in December renewed the tradition and chose a Saturday in June, a warm and sunny month even in England. His daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, has continued the tradition.

Today, the celebration usually takes place 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: besides, uncertain, renew, anthem.

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