1. Twice as Nice

    Queen Celebrates ‘Official’ Birthday

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as the Guards march past outside Buckingham Palace after the Trooping The Colour, at the Horse Guards Parade in London, Saturday, June 15, 2013. Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her birthday with traditional pomp and circumstance _ but without her husband by her side. More than 1,000 soldiers, horses and musicians are taking part in the parade known as ìTrooping the Color,î an annual ceremony. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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    One birthday is simply not enough for royalty. Although Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926, the Commonwealth also recognizes an "official" birthday. And so it was that HRH had her second birthday party of the year on Saturday, riding in a carriage at the Trooping the Color parade in London. Although Prince Philip is recovering from surgery in the hospital and couldn't make it, Kate Middleton was present, making her last public appearance before her own (much-anticipated) hospital stay. The parade also included more than 1,000 soldiers and was watched by many more thousands of spectators. We wonder if the queen got another cake.

    Read it at The Telegraph