Queen Elizabeth just celebrated her 93rd birthday in a very extraordinary way
It's April again, and that means we have another year to celebrate Elizabeth II's birthday. Long live the Queen as she arrived at her 93rd bday! As you might know, the Sovereign was welcomed on April 21, and boy does she know how to rejoice on the day she was born! Did you know that she actually has two celebrations?
And it turns out the first momentous one for 2019 was full of intriguing and fascinating details. Get to know them all in the article we have for you today, including the reason why Duchess Meghan was absent. Did she really miss her first time at the Queen's anniversary? Without further ado, let's get started!
The longest-reigning monarch in the entire world was born on April 21, 1926, at 2:40 am at 17 Bruton Street, her mother's parents residence in Mayfair, London. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was the firstborn of the then Duchess and Duke of York who was better known as George VI.
The Princess used to celebrate her birthday on the actual day as the rest of the world, but once she became the Queen of England, she started following the tradition that King George II began back in 1748. BBC explained that the late monarch was born in November, a month that doesn't have good weather in the UK.
Therefore, he decided to rejoice on his actual day but also created a big public celebration during summer time with an annual military parade. Honoring the custom, Elizabeth II now has two birthdays: the real one on April 21 and another one on the second Saturday of June.
For the former, the Queen of England usually spends time with her family, besides special gun salutes in different places of London at midday to mark it. But for the latter, Her Majesty paints the town red with a big, public parade in the English capital known as "Trooping the Colour."
More than 200 horses, 400 musicians, and 1400 soldiers from different regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies take part in the magnificent spectacle. And that's without counting the crowds that usually gather to watch the parade. If that's not a big party, then we don't know what it is!
A DEVOTIONAL BDAY IN 2019
As per tradition, Elizabeth had her birthday this year on Sunday 21 surrounded by her family. Her children, grandchildren, and the rest of the royal kin greeted her outside St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle to commemorate the day and attend an Easter Mattins service.
Being a woman with strong faith, Elizabeth combined her bday celebration with Easter this year. After the service in the 14th-century Gothic chapel inside the walls of the castle, two little boys gave the monarch two posies - one white and one yellow, by Telegraph's report.
The crowd also treated her to the Happy Birthday song as she got into her car. At home, the Band of the Irish Guards also performed a rendition of the famous melody amid the changing of the guard on Buckingham Palace's forecourt.
A SHORT DELAY
As we previously said it, the Queen's birthday also includes gun salutes, but since it was on a Sunday this year, they were postponed until the following day. On Monday, the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery rode their horses and past Buckingham Palace on their way to Hyde Park to stage a 41-Gun Royal Salute at midday. At 1:00 pm, the Honourable Artillery Company performed a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London.
At the service, some familiar characters were seen, including Prince William and Duchess Kate, Prince Harry, Zara and Mike Tindall, the Duke of York with his daughter; Princess Beatrice, Prince Edward and his family, and Princess Anne and her husband; Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence.
However, a couple of famous faces were absent among the royal group present at the service. As Town & Country reported, Prince Philip skipped the morning's event as well as Prince Charles and Camilla because the latter royals were in Scotland for their traditional holidays. But among all, the royal who was deeply missed was Duchess Meghan.
WHY DID SHE MISS SUCH AN IMPORTANT EVENT?
Prince Harry was spotted walking down the hill with his cousins, but it was evident to everyone that his better half was not there. Meghan's absence left many curious to know the whereabouts of the Duchess. Was she at another royal engagement? Perhaps abroad?
No, and no. Markle had a pretty legitimate reason to stay at home, and it's not much of a surprise if you think it through. It was all about her due date. As it's known, the long-awaited baby Sussex might arrive at any time soon, with high chances of happening at the end of April or beginning of May.
According to Pop Culture, the mother-to-be was probably pretty busy getting settled in her new royal residence, Frogmore Cottage. But fortunately, she was not alone. The source also reported that it's very likely some of her closest friends were there helping prepare the arrival of baby Sussex.
And Meghan's absent might be the beginning of an imminent retreat from the public eye. The source further said that the royal family had announced this beforehand. The pregnant royal and her hubby wished to have privacy in the last days of her gestation. Through an official royal communication, it was informed:
"Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family."
Read more: Prince Charles Was Crying Before His Wedding Day And Prince Harry May Not Be Charles’ Son.
AND WE CAN'T FORGET THE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS
And apart from the royal family's presence at the service on Sunday, most members also took to their social media accounts to share lovely bday wishes, and some of the posts are cuteness overload. For example, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posted a pic of a previous Trooping the Colour and a simple birthday greeting.
Prince Andrew made his post more personalized with a sweet collage of images with his mother along the years and a modest birthday wish. Despite their absence, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla used Clarence House's account to share a gallery of photos of the couple with Her Majesty plus a message similar to Andrew's: "Happy 93rd birthday to Her Majesty The Queen."
But one of the best posts came from Harry and Meghan on their brand new Instagram account: Sussexroyal. The parents-to-be shared a lovely gallery of photos of the Queen throughout the years, including a vintage snap and many others where they appeared with the birthday later. But it was the message what definitely showed the Sussex style:
"Happy Birthday Your Majesty, Ma’am, Granny. Wishing you the most wonderful day! ?Harry & Meghan."
Isn't it cute? They even included a balloon emoji!
Wow! Little did we know all the meat and potatoes of Queen Elizabeth's birthday this year. Which one was the most interesting detail to you? Share your thoughts in the comment section and keep up-to-date with all the articles about royalty we have for you.