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In Jersey the Lieutenant-Governor hosts a reception for the public at Government House to mark the Queen's Official Birthday at which he announces recipients of Birthday Honours

The Queen's Birthday or Queen's Official Birthday is celebrated as a public holiday in several Commonwealth countries (usually Commonwealth Realms). It is also celebrated in Fiji, now a republic. The exact date celebrated varies from country to country, and is usually not the current Queen's actual birthday, April 21 (born 1926). When the reigning British monarch is a King, then it is known as the King's Birthday or King's Official Birthday. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1502x1131, 1176 KB) Lieutenant-Governor addresses the public at Government House, Jersey, at a reception to mark Queens Birthday Photo taken by Man vyi with Canon PowerShot A40 on 10/6/2005 File links The following pages link to this... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1502x1131, 1176 KB) Lieutenant-Governor addresses the public at Government House, Jersey, at a reception to mark Queens Birthday Photo taken by Man vyi with Canon PowerShot A40 on 10/6/2005 File links The following pages link to this... A Lieutenant Governor is a government official who is the subordinate or deputy of a Governor or Governor-General. ... For the Governor of Maryland residence see Government House (Maryland). ... The word holiday has related but different meanings in English-speaking countries. ... The Commonwealth of Nations, usually known as The Commonwealth, is an association of 53 independent sovereign states, almost all of which are former territories of the British Empire. ... The Commonwealth Realms, shown in pink A Commonwealth Realm is any one of the 16 sovereign states of the Commonwealth of Nations that recognise Queen Elizabeth II as their Queen and head of state. ... In a broad definition a republic is a state or country that is led by people who do not base their political power on any principle beyond the control of the people of that state or country. ... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor), born on 21 April 1926, is Queen of sixteen independent nations known as the Commonwealth Realms. ... April 21 is the 111th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (112th in leap years). ... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article describes the British monarchy from the perspective of the United Kingdom. ...


In the United Kingdom, the Queen's Official Birthday is now celebrated on the first or second Saturday in June, and is marked in London by the ceremony of Trooping the Colour. Edward VII (reigned 1901-1910) who moved the ceremony to that date in the hope of good weather. Elizabeth II riding to trooping the colour for the last time in 1986 Trooping the Colour is a military pageant or ceremony commonly performed by regiments of the Commonwealth and the British Army. ...


The Birthday Honours is also announced at the time of the UK Official Birthday celebrations. In British diplomatic missions the day is treated as the National Day of the United Kingdom. Although not it is not celebrated as a public holiday in the UK (as it is not a working day), Civil servants are given a "privilege day" at this time of year, which is merged with the Spring Bank Holiday (last Monday in May) to create a long weekend. The British honours system is a means of rewarding individuals personal bravery, achievement or service to the United Kingdom. ... The National Day is a designated date on which celebrations mark the nationhood of a country. ... A civil servant or public servant is a civilian career public sector employee working for a government department or agency. ... A Bank Holiday is a public holiday in the United Kingdom and also in the Republic of Ireland. ...


Several Commonwealth Realms celebrate the Official Birthday as a public holiday, and most release a Birthday Honours List at this time. The word holiday has related but different meanings in English-speaking countries, with the exception of the United States where usage differs greatly. ...

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Australia and New Zealand

Australia (except Western Australia, which has a Foundation Day a week earlier), has the Official Birthday on the second Monday in June. The Governor of Western Australia proclaims the date Western Australia will observe the Queen's Birthday based on school terms and the Perth Royal Show (source Department of Consumer and Employment Protection, Labour Relations division). There is no firm rule to determine this date before it is proclaimed, though it is typically the last Monday of September or the first Monday of October. The only civic occasion of note associated with the day is the release of the "Queen's Birthday honours list", on which new members are inducted into the Order of Australia. It also serves as the opening weekend to Australia's snow season, though it is quite common for there to be no skiable snow until much later. Emblems: ? (please edit) Motto: Cygnis Insignis (Distinguished by its swans) Slogan or Nickname: Wildflower State Other Australian states and territories Capital Perth Government Governor Premier Const. ... Flag of the Governor of Western Australia The Governor of Western Australia is the representative in Western Australia of Australias head of state, Queen Elizabeth II. The Governor performs important constitutional, ceremonial and community functions, including: presiding over the Executive Council; proroguing and dissolving the Legislative Assembly and the... The Perth Royal Show is an annual show held in Perth, Western Australia at the Claremont Showgrounds. ... Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, wearing on her left shoulder the Order of Australias Sovereign Badge. ... Members of the US Air Force skiing (and snowboarding) at Keystone Resorts 14th Annual SnoFest An alpine skier Deep powder skiing Skiing is the activity of gliding over snow using skis (originally wooden planks, now usually made from fiberglass or related composites) strapped to the feet with ski bindings. ...


In New Zealand, it is the first Monday in June, and owing to the climate being colder than Australia's, does usually serve as the opening weekend to the country's snow season.


Observing Queen's Birthday in Australia and New Zealand on the actual date of the Queen's birth would be impractical as it would be too close to ANZAC Day four days later and the Easter long weekend. ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Australian War Memorial, 25 April 2005, 90th anniversary Australia and New Zealand commemorate the ANZAC Day public holiday on April 25 every year to honour the bravery and sacrifice of the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), and of all those... This article is about the Christian festival. ... A long weekend is a term used in Western countries to denote a weekend that is at least three days long (a three-day weekend), due to a holiday falling on either the Friday or Monday. ...


Canada

According to the legislation creating Victoria Day, Canada celebrates the Queen's official birthday that general holiday, the Monday on or before 24 May. However, it is not widely known that Victoria Day is intended to honour the current queen as well as Queen Victoria, who was born May 24, 1819. For Canadians Victoria Day is often considered the beginning of summer, when theme parks and outdoor pools are opened, and other summer activities begin. Victoria Day (French: Fête de la Reine) is a Canadian Statutory Holiday celebrated on the Monday on or before May 24 in honour of both Queen Victorias birthday and the current reigning Canadian sovereigns birthday. ... May 24 is the 144th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (145th in leap years). ... Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria) (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was the eminent Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837, and Empress of India from 1 January 1877, until her death in 1901. ...


Other countries and territories

The Queen's official birthday is a public holiday in Gibraltar and Bermuda, and most other British overseas territories. In the Falkland Islands, the actual day of the Queen's birth, April 21, is celebrated, as June is a winter month in the Islands. A United Kingdom overseas territory (formerly known as a dependent territory or earlier as a crown colony) is a territory that is under the sovereignty and formal control of the United Kingdom but is not part of the United Kingdom proper (almost exclusively Great Britain and Northern Ireland). ... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor), born on 21 April 1926, is Queen of sixteen independent nations known as the Commonwealth Realms. ... April 21 is the 111th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (112th in leap years). ...


It ceased to be a public holiday in Hong Kong after the territory's handover to the People's Republic of China in 1997.


Fiji also still celebrates the Queen's Official Birthday, along with the Prince of Wales's Birthday, even though the Queen ceased to be head of state in 1987. The Prince of Wales Feathers. This Heraldic badge of the Heir Apparent is derived from the ostrich feathers borne by Edward, the Black Prince. ...


See also

Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
Ancestry: Descent | Ancestors
Commonwealth: Prime Ministers | Queen of Canada | Queen of Australia | Queen of New Zealand
Overseas Visits: State visits | Commonwealth visits
Titles: British titles and honours | Commonwealth titles and honours
Public Celebrations: Silver Jubilee | Golden Jubilee | Queen's Birthday

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Queen's Birthday - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (665 words)
The Queen's Birthday or Queen's Official Birthday is celebrated as a public holiday in several Commonwealth countries (usually Commonwealth Realms).
In the United Kingdom, the Queen's Official Birthday is now celebrated on the first or second Saturday in June, and is marked in London by the ceremony of Trooping the Colour.
Observing Queen's Birthday in Australia and New Zealand on the actual date of the Queen's birth would be impractical as it would be too close to ANZAC Day four days later and the Easter long weekend.
Trooping The Colour (1435 words)
The official birthday of the Sovereign is marked each year by a colourful and historic military parade and march-past, known as Trooping the Colour.
The Queen has been at the saluting base every year of her reign with the exception of 1955, when a national rail strike forced the cancellation of the parade.
The scarlet tunic which was worn by The Queen when she rode on horseback always bore the badges and button groupings corresponding to the regiment who colour was being trooped that year.
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