Profile of the Day: Queen Elizabeth II

Posted April 21, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

Happy 91st birthday to Queen Elizabeth II! The Queen is not only Britain’s longest reigning monarch, but also the longest serving living monarch in the world today.

She was born on April 21, 1926 during the reign of her paternal grandfather, King George V. Her father was the second son of the King, and thus at the time of her birth, no one would have expected her to one day become queen.

Did you know the Queen celebrates two birthdays each year? While her real birthday is on April 21, she also celebrates her official birthday in June. The exact day varies, but it typically coincides with the Trooping the Colour, a ceremony performed by the regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies. The tradition of celebrating the sovereign’s real birthday and the Trooping the Colour together dates back to 1748. However, that changed during the reign of Edward VII, whose birthday fell in November. Because the weather was too cold during the winter, Edward VII chose to officially celebrate his birthday and the annual Trooping the Colour parade in June when the weather was much more pleasant.

Have you found how you’re related to the royal family?

View Queen Elizabeth II’s Geni Profile


Image: Joel Rouse/ Ministry of Defence, Wikimedia Commons

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  • Jim Bell

    Well now. Geni says I am related maternally and collaterally to Queen Elizabeth II through her father George VI. Her Majesty and I share a common ancestor but you have to go back to the 1500s to find her. Mary Queen of Scots, followed by her son James the 1st of England and Georges I, II, III, V and VI. Geni calculates this makes George VI my 11th cousin twice removed, and his daughter Queen Elizabeth II my 12th cousin once removed. I really do love knowing that. I would give anything to meet my famous English cousin.

    Incidentally, another line of my mother’s family includes my 5X great grandfather Thomas Wharton Collins, who was a British Army officer who retired to Philadelphia before the Revolution and remained a staunch Loyalist through that war. Other lines of my mother’s family and my father’s family fought for Independence, so I have direct ancestors on both sides of the American Revolution.