Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, the world’s oldest reigning monarch, is celebrating her 89th birthday on Tuesday.
Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on 21 April, 1926, at the Mayfair home of her mother’s parents, the Earl and Countess of Strathmore.Though the Queen’s actual birthday is 21 April, her official birthday is held on a Saturday in June.
The tradition of two birthdays dates back to the time when, if monarchs were born in winter, the weather was deemed unsuitable for outdoor events.
In Britain the Queen’s official birthday is traditionally marked by the Trooping the Colour ceremony in Horse Guards Parade.
Meanwhile, Clarence House said the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are to visit the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in May.
The Honorable Artillery Company fired a 62-gun royal salute from the river bank at the Tower of London, overlooking HMS Belfast.
The basic royal salute is 21 rounds. A further 20 are fired at royal parks and royal palaces and fortresses and another 21 for being in the City of London.