Thursday, 21 April 2016

The Queen's Birthday

Festivities are taking place around the country today to celebrate the UK's longest-serving monarch's 90th birthday. Although April 21 marks the Queen's actual birthday, she has a second "official" birthday on a Saturday in June. Traditionally, official celebrations to mark a sovereign's birthday have been held on a day other than their actual date of birth, particularly when the actual birthday has not fallen in the summer. The tradition is linked to the unreliable British weather because the royal family want to hold the grand birthday parade in the summer. This year, Queen Elizabeth's "official" birthday, will be celebrated on 11 June. 

In honour of Her Majesty's birthday, we have rounded up a few royal related items and memorabilia, available at Alfies.

A vintage postcard of Queen Elizabeth, driving to the state opening of Parliament, offered by Mark Eaton

Queen's Coronation souvenir spoon, offered by Naneen Brooks

Queen's Coronation 1953 wine taster souvenir, silver plated, English. Offered by Horner Antiques

British made bunting, used for the Queens Coronation, offered by Tin Tin Collectables

Vintage Union Jack flag, offered by Tin Tin Collectables

Vintage dress, offered by Tin Tin Collectables

Queen Elizabeth II, Silver Jubilee souvenir crystal ashtray, offered by Tobacciana Collectibles

A painting of Windsor Castle, offered by Mark Eaton

Various postcards featuring Windsor Castle, offered by Mark Eaton

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