Queen Elizabeth Releases a New Portrait in Honor of Her Platinum Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee is here—and with it, a new portrait. To mark the milestone occasion—on June 2, the Queen will have spent 70 years on the throne—Buckingham Palace released a photo of the nonagenarian monarch taken by Ranald Mackechnie. In it, she flashes a megawatt smile while sitting on a window sill at Windsor … Read more

Trooping the Colour: Queen Elizabeth Was Born in April—So Why Is Her Birthday Celebrated in June?

Queen Elizabeth, then just Elizabeth York, was born on April 21, 1926. Fast-forward many years (and an abdication) later, and her birthday is now celebrated on a completely different day—and this year, with the Platinum Jubilee, a completely different weekend. But why? It all goes back to a tradition believed to have started in the … Read more