Most of us only celebrate one birthday each year. The Queen on the other hand has two, her actual birthday in April and her official one in June.
In this programme we look at the history of the Queen's official birthday and its connection with the military ceremony of Trooping the Colour.
You can download a copy of the script and the complete progamme in mp3 format at the bottom of the page.
Vocabulary from the programme
a celebration in public which involves a lot of people walking or marching in the street
a ceremonial event
a special event performed for display and entertainment only, it has no functional or practical purpose though maybe it did in the past
a monarch / a sovereign
other words for a king or queen
to bring something in
to begin something, to establish it
to fall into abeyance
a very formal expression used to say that something finished or wasn't done for a while
to reinstate something
to begin doing something again which had been stopped
Programme script (pdf - 19k)
Download this programme (mp3 - 1.9mb)
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