The Queen’s Birthday: June long weekend is a holiday and is a moveable feast. In other words, it moves date each year. It celebrates the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. She is not only Queen of Great Britain but also Queen of Australia. Also of New Zealand and 13 of the 50 other countries in the commonwealth.
History of the Queen’s Birthday
The Queen’s actual birthday is neither in June nor October but in April. The official birthday is in June to increase the chance of good weather for the celebrations in the UK. It not to help the Australian ski industry. The holiday traditionally marks the start of the Australian ski season. It is not a public holiday in the UK.
Since 1748, the monarch’s official birthday has been marked by an outdoor parade known as Trooping the Colour. This was usually held on the king or queen’s actual birthday. Edward VII, who reigned from 1901 to 1910, was born in November. Instead of making the troops parade on a cold and dark November morning, the tradition began of celebrating his birthday officially in May or June. This meant there was less chance of it being chilly and drizzly during the event. This tradition was then carried on by subsequent monarchs.
History of the Queen
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of the House of Windsor was born on 21 April 1926. In 1952, after the death of her father, King George VI, Elizabeth succeeded to the throne. Thereafter, she was known as Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth II continues to reign as Queen of Australia. There was a referendum in 1999 which resulted in the retention of Australia’s constitutional monarchy.
Troll Tours is open all weekend so book a tour with us. The Queen’s Birthday: June long weekend is worth celebrating! Even if it’s more the day off work than remembering the queen. Go on, have some fun and ‘Feel the Freedom’.