Will King Charles III have two birthdays and how will they be celebrated?

Royal fans are wondering if King Charles III will have a second birthday as Queen Elizabeth did

Will King Charles III have two birthdays and how will they be celebrated?
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As His Majesty turns 74, royal fans are wondering if King Charles III will have two birthdays like his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, and if so, how will he celebrate them? 

King Charles III's official birthday will likely take place in the summer, as part of a longstanding royal tradition that dates back to the 18th century.

His Majesty turned 74 today (November 14), marking his first birthday since ascending the British throne in September. It's understood that he will celebrate the occasion privately at Clarence House, where he continues to reside with his wife, Queen Camilla. 

The Royal Family issued an official statement on its Twitter in honor of the milestone, captioning a photo of a smiling Charles with the sweet message, "Wishing His Majesty the King a very happy birthday day." 

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The Prince and Princess of Wales also paid tribute to the monarch, who made history as the oldest person ever to become King following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8. It's understood that the Band of the Household Cavalry will play 'Happy Birthday' during the Changing of the Guard ceremony today at Buckingham Palace and gun salutes will be fired across London shortly thereafter, in honor of the special occasion. 

King Charles III spent his birthday last year at the annual Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph, where he laid a wreath for those who died fighting for Britain. Having already attended this year's wartime ceremony on Sunday, he's unlikely to make a public appearance on his 74th birthday. 

Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince William, Prince of Wales and King Charles III attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony

King Charles III attending the Remembrance Sunday ceremony on November 13, one day before his 74th birthday 

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Fans hoping for a proper bash to mark the monarch's big day shouldn't be too disappointed though. 

Like his mother, King Charles III will have two birthdays, with the second one likely to take place next summer. The royal privilege dates back to 1748 when King George II shifted his official birthday from November to June, in the hope that the warmer season would provide better conditions for outdoor public celebrations. 

Queen Elizabeth III famously upheld this tradition, marking her actual birthday on April 21 and her official one with the Trooping the Color parade in June. Plans for the King's second birthday celebrations remain unknown, but it's speculated they may be more modest than the events of years bygone in light of his vision to scale back the British monarchy's expenditure. 

Emma is a Lifestyle News Writer for woman&home. Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, she mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.


Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.