As some of you may or may not know, Queen Elizibeth II of England celebrates two birthdays every year in honour of King Edward VII's tradition of wanting a brithday in November (his actually birthday) and another birthday party in the summer season. The queen's actual date of birth is on April 21st, but celebrates it again in June, this time on June 12.
The U.S Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, sent a congratulatory letter to the queen for her 84th birthday.
Clinton's message, sent on behalf of President Barack Obama and the American people, wished the queen well on her 84th birthday and hailed the special relationship between Britain and the U.S.
That "special relationship" has been the subject of debate in Britain, where some politicians feel too much emphasis has been placed on it.
"On this celebratory occasion, we pay tribute to the queen's life and legacy and honour the special relationship between our two nations," Clinton said. The statement noted that "the young princess Elizabeth helped rally her nation in the darkest days of that war, and she has remained a beacon of integrity and resolve ever since."
"The United States has always been grateful for her friendship and example," she said. "Once again, I wish Queen Elizabeth II a very happy birthday and peace and prosperity for the people of the United Kingdom in the year to come."
Only problem, it was a week too soon.