When is Queen's Birthday in Gibraltar?
The Queen's Birthday holiday is a moveable feast celebrating the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II who is not only Queen of Great Britain but also Queen of 16 out of the 53 countries in the commonwealth.
In Gibraltar, this holiday is celebrated on the Monday after the Saturday in June that is designated as the official holiday observance in the United Kingdom. Generally it is the second Saturday in June.
It is a tradition that if a British monarch has a birthday that doesn't fall in the summer months, they can have a second official birthday. This is because having a summer birthday means a higher chance of good weather during the Trooping the Colour parade for the monarch's birthday.
In Gibraltar the Queen's birthday is marked by an evening parade in Grand Casemates Square.
Did you know?
Arguably, Gibraltar celebrates the birthday of two British Queens as public holidays as Commonwealth Day was originally Empire Day and was celebrated on the Monday after Queen Victoria's birthday.
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of the House of Windsor was born on April 21st, 1926.
In 1952, after the death of her father, King George VI, Elizabeth succeeded to the throne and was known thereafter as Queen Elizabeth II.