Buckingham Palace gears up for Queen's birthday

  • Buckingham Palace gears up for Queen's birthday

Buckingham Palace gears up for Queen's birthday

Queen Elizabeth will attend a special concert on Saturday as the world's oldest and longest-reigning living monarch celebrates her 92nd birthday.

The first such stamp, a 22¢ denomination, was issued in 1980 for her 54th birthday (Scott 740).

The Queen's official birthday, a public celebration, is usually celebrated on the second Saturday of June, when the weather generally is warmer.

Earlier in the day, honorary gun salutes were staged in Hyde Park, the Tower of London and the town of Windsor to mark the occasion.

But this year, the queen will be celebrating on her actual birthday, April 21st, with a party including performances by Shaggy, Sting, Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Shawn Mendes, and Tom Jones.

The queen has been the symbolic head of the Commonwealth since her father king George VI's death in 1952, but its leaders agreed on Friday that her son and heir Prince Charles should succeed her.

The queen is head of the Commonwealth and the major beneficiary from Saturday's event, which will be televised live on BBC TV and radio, will be The Queen's Commonwealth Trust youth charity to which her grandson Prince Harry was appointed president this week.

The Queen has two birthdays.

Organisers say the concert, coming at the end of the week when the United Kingdom hosted 53 countries for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, will have a strong Commonwealth flavour.

The Trooping of the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British sovereign for over 260 years.