Dates of the Queen's Birthday Holiday
Countries observing Queen's Birthday
|Turks and Caicos Islands|
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.
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.
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.
In Australia, except in the states of Queensland and Western Australia, it is celebrated on the second Monday of June. More information on Queen's Birthday in Australia.
To celebrate the day there will be a parade in the capital, George Town, followed by a garden reception. Like the UK, the June birthday of the Queen is a time to give out birthday honours to those who have made a notable contribution to the Cayman Islands.
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.
In Gibraltar the Queen's birthday is marked by an evening parade in Grand Casemates Square.
Did you know?
Arguably, Gibraltar and the Turks & Caicos Islands celebrate 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.