On the 21st of April, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 92nd Birthday, and will have reigned for 24,182 days. Britain’s longest reigning monarch has been fortunate to see 3 generations of her own family born – the latest addition of course is due any day now. She has shared weekly audiences with no less than 13 Prime Ministers, carried out over 265 overseas visits and has made the equivalent of 42 trips around the world during her reign. Considering Her Majesty was never born to be Queen and was thrust into the role at a young age she has guided the British Monarchy through the last 65 years, modernising it where necessary but also upholding and reinforcing British values throughout the world.
Her ‘official’ birthday takes place in June, this year on Saturday June 9th. The tradition of two birthdays dates back to 1748 when George II wished to celebrate his birthday in the November as well during the summer time. For Her Majesty’s official birthday the Royal Family will gather for the Trooping of the Colour Parade after which the Royal Family will make an appearance together on the balcony of Buckingham palace to the public.
Some fun facts about Her Majesty that you may not know:
- Queen Elizabeth II is the 40th Monarch to be crowned since the crowning of William of Conqueror in 1066
- She was born at 17 Bruton St., London, on April 21, 1926. Today, the address is home to a Chinese restaurant
- She has made a Christmas broadcast to the Commonwealth for every year of her reign with the exception 1969, when a written message from the Queen was issued instead.
- The Queen is the only person in Britain who can drive without a license or number plate on her car.
- And on the subject of motor vehicles she is the only British monarch in history properly trained to change a spark plug, as she under took a car maintenance course during WWII.
- She sent a message of congratulations to Apollo 11 astronauts for the first moon landing on July 21, 1969. The message was microfilmed and deposited on the moon in a metal container.
The Royal Platinum Wedding Anniversary
In 2017 Her Majesty the Queen & Prince Phillip celebrated their Platinum Wedding Anniversary, her Majesty describes Prince Phillip as her ‘Strength & Stay’ a beautiful sentiment for the many years they have spent together. To commemorate the occasion The London Mint Office struck the Royal Wedding Anniversary Coin: Click below image to find out more:
From all The London Mint Office Team we wish Her Majesty The Queen a very happy 92nd birthday!