North Korean leader Kim Jong Un congratulated Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her official birthday, which is traditionally celebrated in June, TASS reported.
“I congratulate you and your people on Your Majesty’s official birthday,” Kim was quoted as saying by the North Korean Foreign Ministry.
It is believed that the tradition of celebrating the two birthdays of British monarchs comes from George II (1683-1760). Born in November, he decided in 1748 to celebrate his birthday publicly in the summer, when the weather was better.
The tradition was preserved at her coronation on June 2, 1953. Elizabeth II, who was born on April 21, 1926, chose the second Saturday in June as the day to celebrate her official birthday.