Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Birthday Yesterday, and yes this is the second time this year she has celebrated her 91st birthday. She celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official one which usually falls on the second Saturday in June.
It’s during her official birthday celebrations that the Queen doles out British Honours to those individuals who have performed exceptional services to the Kingdom and were also nominated by the government and the public and chosen by the civil servant committees. This also happens on New Years Day, January 1st.
This year she acknowledged, and after a fashion promoted, Sir Paul McCartney with a Companion of Honour award, J.K. Rowling received the same for her services to literature and philanthropy. Academy Award-winner Olivia de Havilland, became the oldest woman to become a dame; she turns 101 next month.
Those were just a few of the 1,109 names on the list of Honours that were given out on the Queen’s Birthday. This was on the happier side of what was otherwise a sombre time in the UK which has faced multiple terrorizing attacks in recent months. But in the face of that Queen Elizabeth said “Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity, united in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss.”
All the best wishes on her official birthday weekend to a woman who was born when Calvin Coolidge was U.S. President and Josef Stalin had just taken control in the Soviet Union, became queen in 1952, aged 25, and now at 91 continues to regularly carry out official duties.