Queen’s Birthday

Today is our holiday for the Queen’s “official” birthday (though not her actual birthday). The tradition of celebrating the British monarch’s birthday around summer began with King George II in 1748, largely to ensure fine weather for the occasion.

The Queen in 1959

Queen_Elizabeth_II_1959 Queen Elizabeth II Vladimir Tiara, Queen Victoria Jubilee Necklace, the blue Garter Riband, Badge and Garter Star and the Royal Family Orders of King George V and

On this day: Italy declares war.

Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini stands on the balcony of the Palazzo Venezia in Rome to declare war on France and Great Britain on the 10th of June, 1940.

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Mussolini_DOW_10_June_1940 Italian leader Benito Mussolini delivering his war declaration on France and Great britain from the Palazzo Venezia Balcony in Rome. Fscist dictator.

Meanwhile, in Turin in the north of the country, people gather in a piazza to listen to the declaration on the radio.

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Turin-10-6-1940 People in Charles Albert Square, Turin, listening to the radio message of Benito Mussolini from Rome, announcing the italian declaration of war, 10th June 1940.

D-Day

This image – from the 6th of June, 1944 – shows British troops taking part in the iconic Normandy landings of the Second World War.

Some 156 000 troops from more than a dozen nations took part in the invasion, which was a turning point in the war.

D-day_-_British_Forces_during_the_Invasion_of_Normandy,_6th_June_1944_B5085 D-day - British Forces during the Invasion of Normandy, 6th June 1944 .