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How To Mark The Queen’s Birthday

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Her Majesty turns 95 today

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Despite the circumstances, if you want to mark the Queen’s birthday and celebrate the monarch turning 95, here’s our curated guide to commemorating the occasion.

The Queen turns 95 today, 21 April, continuing her stature as Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. Not to be confused with her ‘official birthday’ (typically taking place on the second Saturday of June), 21 April marks the day the Queen was born in Mayfair as the Duke and Duchess of York’s first child.

Queen Elizabeth II

The official website of the British Royal Family states that “the Queen usually spends her actual birthday privately, but the occasion is marked publicly by gun salutes in central London at midday: a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park, a 21 gun salute in Windsor Great Park and a 62 gun salute at the Tower of London.” This is also known as Trooping the Colour, and typically takes place in the summer. This year, however, it has been announced that the event will not take place for the second time running due to Covid. The Telegraph also reported that “celebrations will be more muted this year as the occasion falls only days after the funeral of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.”

With a number of lockdown restrictions still in place and a nation in mourning, commemorations are limited, but there are still a few things you can do mark the Queen’s birthday from home.

Happy Birthday to Her Majesty!

How To Mark The Queen’s Birthday

Indulge in Afternoon Tea

Brown's Afternoon Tea

Brown’s Afternoon Tea

Quintessentially British and a renowned royal tradition, afternoon tea is a treat at any given time of the year – but the Queen’s birthday seems the most apt time to indulge in the historic institution. In ordinary circumstances, a trip to DUKES London or The Goring Hotel for high tea would certainly hit the spot, but an afternoon tea delivery from the likes of Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair is a pretty perfect alternative. If you’d prefer to improvise your own decadent spread, see our guide to creating the ultimate afternoon at home, featuring the recipe for GAIL’s Bakery’s signature scones and Dominique Ansel’s Mini Madeleines.

Picnic in St James’s Park

St James's Park


An ideal spot to kick back with a delicious picnic spread and bottle of fizz, St James’s Park offers almost 57 acres of lake, greenery and pelicans – yes, pelicans, which have occupied the royal park for almost 400 years. The park is also home to the Buckingham Palace flower beds, Queen Victoria Memorial, and is where Trooping the Colour and the Horse Guards Parade would ordinarily take place.

Visit the Queen’s Garden at Kew

Kew Gardens

Andrew McRobb © RBG Kew

Home to one of the smallest royal palaces (a former private residence beloved by the royal family in the 1720s), Kew Gardens is a great place to visit for a slice of British royal history. Whilst Kew Palace is closed until 4 June, the paradisal Queen’s Garden is currently open to visitors, where you’ll find an array of captivating florals and stone ornaments, plus Kew’s oldest sculpture. Note: you’ll need to book a timed slot to visit.

Read About the Royals

If the Queen’s extensive reign has impelled you to read up on a bit of royal history, there is plenty to devour and much to learn. If, like us, you binge-watched your way through The Crown, pick up one of these compelling royal books next.

Enjoy a virtual tour of Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle


A trip to Windsor Castle might be off the cards for now (the royal residence is set to reopen on 17 May), however you can still explore the 900-year-old fortress via a detailed virtual tour. Home to Her Majesty (and 39 former monarchs), the royal property is currently the world’s oldest inhabited castle, which the Queen uses as both “a private home, where she usually spends the weekend, and as an official Royal residence at which she undertakes certain formal duties,” according to the official royal website.

Live Like Her Majesty For the Day

Yes, really. From indulging in bangers and mash (the Queen reportedly loves Musk’s Newmarket sausages) to walking the corgis in Windsor Great Park, see our guide to living like the Queen for a day here. The Queen’s tipple of choice, the Dubonnet cocktail, is obviously also a must.

Featured image: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth views the Peter Beales Roses exhibition at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 in London Monday, May 21, 2018. RHS / Luke MacGregor

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