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Queen Elizabeth celebrates one of her two official birthdays on Sunday, June 12 but have you ever wonder why the British Monarch has two big days a year?!

It has understandably been an extremely difficult year for Queen Elizabeth following the death of her husband Prince Philip.

Queen Elizabeth has been carrying out more Royal duties of late but is still mourning the death of her husband.

Usually, there is a huge amount of fanfare over Queen Elizabeth's birthday, with a military salute on the streets and celebrations around the country. With the pandemic situation, as well as Philip's death, all of that had to be put to the side this year.

Queen Elizabeth II also marks her birthday on the second Saturday in June.

Why, you might ask?

Well, it is mostly down to the weather.

The Trooping of the Colour parade has been held by the British monarchy for over 250 years. The parade starts outside Buckingham Palace and makes its way down The Mall to Horse Guard's Parade. Members of the Royal Family ride on horseback and in carriages as part of the procession while there are military salutes along the way.

Simply put, the decision was made to hold the celebrations during Summertime to ensure that there is less of a chance that the day will be spoiled by the weather.

Due to the pandemic, this year will be much like the last, and the parade and celebrations will be heavily curtailed this year if held at all.

Time will tell whether or not the Queen's birthday celebrations this year will be similar to those in the past.