Lord-Lieutenant of
County Londonderry

The Queen's Birthdays

Her Majesty The Queen was born on 21 April 1926. She was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

On the death of her father George VI in 1952, Princess Elizabeth became Queen at the age of 25.   The Queen is married to Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh and has four children, eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren..


Her Majesty The Queen celebrates two birthdays every year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June, when there is a greater likelihood of good weather for the Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour.

Trooping the Colour is carried out by troops from the Household Division (Foot Guards and Household Cavalry) on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, watched by members of the Royal Family, invited guests and members of the public.

During the ceremony, The Queen is greeted by a Royal salute and carries out an inspection of the troops. For many years The Queen rode on horseback, most memorably on her favoured horse Burmese. However, in recent years the Queen has ridden in a carriage.