Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was born on 21st April 1926 making her 95 years old this year. However, in the UK, since 1748, there has been an additional 'official birthday' to enable National celebrations in the summer. The date of the official birthday varies across the Commonwealth countries, but in the UK it is traditionally celebrated on the second Saturday in June - this year falling on 12th.
The Summer celebration hopefully attracts better weather for the Trooping the Colour, otherwise known as The Queen's Birthday Parade, which takes place at Horse Guards Parade nearby St James's Park in central London. The parade includes many of the famous regiments of the British Army including the Coldstream Guards, the Grenadier Guards, and the Welsh, Irish and Scots Guards. With almost 300 musicians on the field, led by the massed military bands of the Household Division, music forms an integral part of the day. Once the Sovereign has returned to Buckingham Palace after the Parade, formalities are often brought to a close with a flypast provided by the Royal Air Force.
Did you know Kendal Mint Cake has been used by Sir Edmund Hillary on his first successful ascent on the Mount Everest?
Adrian Mitchell is an Air Planner in the Joint Support and Enabling Command since October 2019. He is a Wing Commander in the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force. He was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire in the North of England, but when not in Ulm he now lives in Kendal, Cumbria, on the edge of the English Lake District.
Adrian Mitchell is an Air Planner in the Joint Support and Enabling Command since October 2019. He is a Wing Commander in the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force. He was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire in the North of England, but when not in Ulm he now lives in Kendal, on the edge of the English Lake District.
Kendal, Cumbria is famous for its Kendal Mint Cake. Kendal Mint Cake is a sugar-based confectionary bar flavoured with peppermint, rather than an actual baked cake. Kendal Mint Cake is popular among climbers and mountaineers as a source of energy. The origin of the 'cake' is allegedly the result of a batch of glacier mint sweets that went wrong. In 1869 Joseph Wiper supposedly left the boiled solution for glacier mints overnight and it turned cloudy and solidified. The 'mint cake' was then discovered in the morning.
Kendal Mint Cake was marketed as an energy snack and has been used on famous expeditions. Sir Edmund Hillary and his team carried Romney's Kendal Mint Cake with them on the first successful ascent of Mount Everest in 1953.