The Queen has died, Buckingham Palace has announced. The monarch passed away at her Balmoral estate in Scotland.
In June, the Queen celebrated 70 years on the throne, making her the UK’s longest reigning monarch.
She has been succeeded by her son, Charles, who is now King of England.
But how was the Queen when she died and how old was she when was she crowned?
How old is the Queen?
The Queen was born on April 21, 1926, meaning she was 96 years old when she died on September 8, 2022.
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How old was the Queen when she was crowned?
The Queen was the longest reigning monarch of the UK, having been on the throne for 70 years. She became Queen on February 6, 1952, and was crowned the following year on June 2, 1953.
Queen Elizabeth II was only 25 when she became Queen of England.
How many birthdays does the Queen have?
The Queen had two birthdays–one on the day she was born (April 21) and an official celebration on a Saturday in June.
On her actual birthday, the Queen mostly celebrated privately, but there were usually gun salutes in Hyde Park, Windsor Great Park, and at the Tower of London.
Her June birthday celebration is a more official affair that involves an annual military parade known as Trooping the Colour, which took place on Thursday, June 2, this year.
To celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, the UK had two consecutive bank holidays, on Thursday, June 2, and Friday, June 3.
Why does the Queen have two birthdays?
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Simply put, the Queen had two birthdays due to British weather.
As the monarch’s birthday is typically celebrated with outdoor events, such as Trooping the Colour, it makes more sense to celebrate in the summer, when there’s a greater chance of nice weather.
But the Queen wasn’t the first monarch to celebrate two birthdays.
According to Royal Museums Greenwich, George II started the tradition in 1748. He moved his birthday celebrations to coincide with the annual military parade, as he thought the public wouldn’t be able to celebrate in November, his actual birth month.
Furthermore, Queen Elizabeth II’s great-grandfather, Edward VII, was born in November, but his birthday was celebrated in May and June throughout his reign.
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