Written by Kaylyn Bodden

The Queen’s Birthday 2017


The Queen’s official birthday is observed in many countries that are British Overseas Territories and in the Commonwealth of Nations. The day is marked to celebrate the birthday of the monarch (currently Queen Elizabeth II, whose birthday is actually in April). Dates of celebration vary, and some places even celebrate it twice, but Her Majesty’s birthday is a public holiday in most places that recognize the day.

The British monarch’s birthday celebrations have often been held on a day that is not their actual birthday. The tradition is linked to the unreliable British weather because the Royal family wanted to hold the grand royal birthday parade in the summer.

For example, Edward VII was born on 9th November, but his official birthday was always marked in May and June during his reign.

In some islands, The Queen’s birthday is celebrated through parades, public celebrations and of course, the privilege of having a day off.

Countries and islands that celebrate The Queen’s birthday are:

United Kingdom – 10th June
Canada – 22nd May
Gibraltar – 19th June
New Zealand – 5th June
Papua New Guinea – 12th June
Solomon Islands – 9th June
Tuvalu – 10th June
Cayman Islands – 19th June
Turks and Caicos Islands – 12th June
British Virgin Islands – 17th June
Falkland Islands – 21st April
Anguilla – 19th June
Montserrat – 12th June
Australia – 12th June, 25th September and 2nd October


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