Happy Birthday to The Queen!

Her Majesty, who will be 87 today, celebrates two birthdays each year: one is the actual anniversary of her birth and the other is her official birthday.

Today is traditionally a low-key affair, although – as always – it will be marked by gun salutes in central London at midday. There will be 41 in Hyde Park, 21 in Windsor Great Park and 62 at the Tower of London.

The official birthday is in the summer, a day chosen so that the weather is fine (this year it will be on 15 June) for The Queen’s birthday parade, also known as Trooping the Colour. This superb parade shows soldiers from the Household Division move between Buckingham Palace, The Mall and Horse Guards Parade.

Many happy returns Your Majesty!