Queen’s Birthday


The Queen’s birthday is confusing.

This week, she turned 90 but although she was born on 21st April, her “official” birthday is in June. It’s a tradition that was started by George II in 1748 and it owes its origins to the ageless problem of the British weather. George was born in November and felt the weather would be better in June for outdoor celebrations. The Queen has stuck with this tradition and her official birthday is on the second Saturday in June.

In Britain, her official birthday is not a public holiday but in Australia and New Zealand, it is. They get a long weekend called “Queen’s Birthday Weekend”, with the Monday being a holiday.

That’s where it makes no sense at all. The date was chosen because the weather is better but in Australia and New Zealand, June is in the middle of winter!

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