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The Queen’s Birthday — Why NSW Celebrates in June (Not on Her Birthday)

By Beth RiversWednesday 3 Jun 2020

The longest-reigning British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, turned 94 years old on 21 April. The British monarch’s birthdays have been a source of celebration for Australians since 1788, not simply because they are our country’s Head of State, but because we get a public holiday in their honour.

There are two interesting facts about Australians celebrating a monarch’s birthday — no state or territory actually celebrate it on their day of birth anymore, and it is not a public holiday in the UK.

So, well done to Australia for getting another public holiday past the keeper.

At the time of the First Fleet, Governor Arthur Phillip declared King George III’s birthday a public holiday, with the date changing for each reigning monarch until the death of Elizabeth II’s grandfather, King George V in 1936.

The Queen’s Birthday public holiday is this Monday 8 June for NSW, and all states and territories excluding Queensland (5 October), Western Australia (28 September), Norfolk Island (15 June) and Christmas Island (not celebrated).

 

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The Royal website states the “Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on (usually) the second Saturday in June”.

“Official celebrations to mark the Sovereigns’ birthday have often been held on a day other than the actual birthday, particularly when the actual birthday has not been in the summer,” royal.uk said.

“King Edward VII, for example, was born on 9 November, but his official birthday was marked throughout his reign in May or June when there was a greater likelihood of good weather for the Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour.”

In the UK, the official June date appears to come down to the hope of a sunny day, however, for Australia, while we also predominantly take a June date (set for the second Monday of June in NSW), the celebration has remained around King George V’s June 3 birth date. Being the start of winter, June is certainly not a sunny affair for us but, nonetheless, a day to be grateful for spending a long weekend with family and friends where possible.

“The Queen usually spends her actual birthday privately, but the occasion is marked publicly by gun salutes in central London at midday: a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park, a 21 gun salute in Windsor Great Park and a 62 gun salute at the Tower of London,” royal.uk said.


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“Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on 2 June, 1953 in Westminster Abbey. Her Majesty was the thirty-ninth Sovereign to be crowned at Westminster Abbey, the setting for every Coronation since 1066,” theroyalfamily Instagram said.

“Whilst an occasion for celebration, The Queen’s Coronation was a solemn, religious ceremony that lasted almost three hours.‬ ‪The service has remained essentially the same for over 1,000 years.”

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