This year the BVI will be celebrating the Queen’s birthday in April as opposed to the customary June birthday event. The announcement was made by His Excellency Governor John Duncan in his Christmas holiday message.
This year Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth will be celebrating her 90th birthday and the Territory will commemorate her birth month of April.
In making the announcement Governor Duncan said: “I am also pleased to confirm that following a request from the Virgin Islands Government, Her Majesty has agreed that next year (2016) we will hold the celebrations of her 90th Birthday on the actual day, namely the 21st of April rather than the usual date in June. So we hope many more people will be able to participate in that historic occasion.”
Traditionally, the Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June. Official celebrations to mark the Sovereign’s birthday have often been held on a day other than the actual birthday. The celebrations were held in May or June because of the likelihood of good weather for the Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour.
In the United Kingdom, 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. In 2006, Her Majesty celebrated her 80th Birthday in 2006 with a walkabout in the streets outside of Windsor Castle to meet well-wishers.
On her official birthday, Her Majesty is joined by other members of the Royal Family at the spectacular Trooping the Colour parade which moves between Buckingham Palace, The Mall and Horseguards’ Parade.