Prince William and Prince George could give up on royal custom

Prince William could break royal birthday tradition says Palmer

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King Charles had decided to continue his mother’s tradition of having two birthdays a year in order to allow for an official military parade to take place in the summer months. The Trooping the Colour parade serves to mark the sovereign’s birthday, although monarchs with a winter birthday have often chosen to host the parade on an honorary second birthday. However, Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer has revealed the tradition may not survive for much longer. The next two royals in line to the throne, Prince William and his son Prince George, are tipped to abandon the longstanding royal practice.

Speaking on the Daily Express’s Royal Round Up, Mr Palmer explained: “It is more difficult to have a military celebration like Trooping the Colour, which is the monarch’s official birthday parade, in the autumn or winter.

“The idea was let’s have a military parade in the summer and we will call it the official birthday.

“George V dispensed with that because he had a summer birthday and I think I am right in saying Edward VIII was the same.

“George VI, who has a winter birthday, went back to having a summer celebration and Queen Elizabeth II, who had an April birthday, continued the tradition.”

The late Queen’s birthday was April 21, although her official birthday was celebrated every year in June.

The warmer summer months offered better weather conditions for the Trooping the Colour parade to take place, and therefore the Queen was often described as having two birthdays.

Similarly, her father King George VI celebrated his official birthday in the summer rather than the date he was born, December 14.

The exact date of the monarch’s official birthday often varies slightly year on year, although it is normally announced around the end of May when there can be more certainty around the often unpredictable British weather.

The tradition dates back to 1748 when King George II celebrated his official birthday.

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Mr Palmer continued: “The King now, because his birthday is November 14th, he is going to continue the tradition.

“What will be interesting is what happens when Prince William becomes King because his birthday is in June. You would imagine that he might again dispense with having two birthdays and go back to having one. 

“The same goes for Prince George because he has a July birthday – but who knows? The royal calendar is pretty crammed in June. 

“Prince William’s birthday is often around Royal Ascot week so I don’t know how that would fit in with things. July might be alright, but they do tend to go off on their holidays.”

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Prince William’s June 21 birthday presents an awkward time for the often inundated schedule of royal engagements.

William’s birthday next year will fall right in the middle of the planned Royal Ascot dates. Such an event, when the Prince of Wales becomes King, would prove to be an awkward clash in the royal calendar and could call for the Trooping the Colour parade to be rescheduled for a different date.

Similarly, Prince George’s birthday falls on July 22, which is normally within the summer holiday period for the Royal Family. 

Traditionally, members of the Royal Family retreat to their Scottish residence of Balmoral from mid-July until September for a break from their hectic schedule of engagements.

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