Royal Family's Birthdays Can Get a Little Extra: 10 Special Celebrations
We all love to celebrate birthdays, and it can be one of the most special days of the year, especially when you're royalty. Members of the British royal family presumably don't celebrate their anniversaries the way you would expect.
The Queen's birthday, for example, comes with some extra unique celebrations. If you're interested in finding out what their special day entails, continue reading to find out. So, without further ado, let's dive straight into the unusual ways of the Royals.
10. Traditionally, they get the day off
Typically, the Royals have to make public appearances, but on their birthday, they can refrain from doing so. According to Hello!, royals traditionally have the day off on their anniversary, meaning they generally don't have any formal appearances or meetings to attend.
9. They don't always follow that tradition
Meghan Markle spent one of her birthdays attending a wedding. When she turned 37 in August, she spent the day celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry's close childhood friend, Charlie van Straubenzee, as per Town & Country's reports. Then in August, Prince William spent his special day attending the opening ceremony of the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre in Northampton.
8. On occasion, they commission special cakes
One of the queen's cakes was made by a "Great British Bake Off" winner. In 2016, "Great British Bake Off" champion Nadiya Hussain was awarded the honor of baking the queen's 90th birthday cake. "A couple of weeks ago, I just got a phone call to say, 'Hey, would you like to do this?'" Hussain told NPR before the special day.
"And my initial reaction was 'no,' because I was so afraid of getting it horribly wrong. And then it dawned on me that I can't say no to the queen. So once I got over the nerves, I thought, well, actually this is such an honor, how can I possibly say no?"
7. There have been some pretty unique birthday cakes in the past
Princess Diana apparently ordered Prince William a unique cake for this 13th birthday. She was known for her sense of humor, and it was obviously applied when it came to ordering cakes. Her former head chef, Darren McGrady, said he found an extra special custom cake in the family's fridge on Prince William's 13th anniversary. McGrady told Hello! Magazine:
"I came into work that morning and went down to the refrigerator, opened the door and I was just confronted with the biggest pair of boobs I've ever seen in my life. The Princess had ordered a boobs cake for William's 13th birthday."
6. Most Royal's celebrate their birthday in private
Kate Middleton has celebrated some of her birthdays in private. It's not unusual for royal family members to spend their anniversary having a separate celebration at home. The queen also appears to spend her day confidentially.
According to reports by E!, Kate Middleton has spent some of her special days having a quiet celebration at home. Prince William has also spent some of his birthdays in secret, as per Vanity Fair. We can't blame them for merely wanting to take a break from the public.
5. Milestone birthdays sometimes get an extra celebration
Even though Prince Charles' birthday wasn't until November, there was an early celebration held in his honor in May of 2018. There was a 300-guest gala, and the setup was extravagant. The celebration also recognized his avid support for the arts. Some of the performers at the party included Stephen Fry, Dame Judy Dench, and Sir Kenneth Branagh, according to Express.
4. The Queen's birthday is pretty noisy
The British army commemorates the Queen's birthday each year with a few gun salutes. According to the official royal website, there is a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park during midday and a 21 gun salute in Windsor Great Park along with a 62 gun salute at the Tower of London.
3. The ruling monarch typically celebrates their birthday twice per year
Did you know that the queen celebrates her birthday twice a year? The royal family's website explains that even though the queen was born in April, her anniversary is typically celebrated in public on the second Saturday in June.
According to BBC, it's partly due to the excellent weather associated with that day. King George II started this tradition in 1748 because his celebration was in November, which is not known for pleasant weather. He decided that June would be a better time to celebrate a birthday, hence the tradition for a public celebration for monarchs began.
2. Trooping the Color also commemorates the Queen's special day
For those who follow the royal family, you'll know about this century-old tradition. For the queen's June birthday celebration, the streets are filled with waving flags, men on horseback, and loads of fanfare for the Trooping the Color parade.
The royal family attends in carriages or on horseback. If you've read the official royal website, the parade concludes with the royal family on the Buckingham Palace balcony to watch the Royal Air Force fly past.
1. The Queen's birthday included a concert extravaganza
This event took place at the Royal Albert Hall. On the official day for her 92nd birthday, the queen attended a concert extravaganza at the Royal Albert Hall with an assorted list of performers that many of us would love to see in person.
This program included Shawn Mendes, Sting, Shaggy, and Kylie Minogue, representing many countries of the Commonwealth. The celebration aired on BBC and the music was broadcast live on BBC Radio 2.
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Source: The Insider