Although she was actually born on April 21, the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II is celebrated each year in the UK on a weekend in June for purely practical reasons. The day usually presents more acceptable weather for a public party!
This year, watch for all the official pomp and public festivities to take place on Saturday, June 8, 2013.
In the UK, the most important and watched event related to the day is the lively and historic military ceremony known as Trooping the Colour - with a parade down The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, including a fly-past of military aircraft - as well as gun salutes fired at noon at Hyde Park.
By tradition, events related to the Queen's Birthday are scheduled throughout Great Britain as well as in New Zealand (first Monday in June), Australia (second Monday in June), Canada, (on the last weekend in May on Victoria Day) when schools are usually closed and bank holidays called to celebrate a nice, long three-day weekend.
Here's the Queen : her younger self and now.
All made of recycled materials.
The artist is Jane Perkins. Amazing, isn't it?