The US is not the only country that celebrates the
birthdays of the most famous people in our society.
One of the grandest birthday celebrations is the Queen’s
Official Birthday, also known simply as the Queen’s
Birthday. It is a holiday that is celebrated in several
Commonwealth countries. It is also now celebrated in Fiji,
which is now a republic.
When appropriate the word Queen is replaced with King, and
the actual date varies from country to country, but it
usually doesn’t mark the actual birthday of the King or
Currently in the UK, the Queen’s birthday is celebrated the
first, second, or third Saturday in June. The birthday is
marked with the Trooping the Colour, also known as the
Queen’s Birthday Parade.
The Trooping the Colour is a military ceremony performed by
the British Army. The Queen or King is typically in the
parade also, and Queen Elizabeth II rode horseback to the
Trooping the Colour until 1987 when she began traveling in
The Queen’s Birthday has been celebrated annually in this
matter since 1820, except in periods of mourning, in bad
weather or other exceptional circumstances.
In face, Edward the VII moved the date to June because it
is generally the best weather in Britain.
In Australia, the Queen’s birthday is on the second Monday
in June and is celebrated as a public holiday. It also
marks the opening of Australia’s snow season.
In Canada, Victoria Day, which is their name for the
Queen’s birthday, is celebrated the Monday on or before May
24, though there are some who acknowledge that it is to
celebrate Queen Victoria and not the current Queen. It also
marks the beginning of Canadian Summer.