The Queen’s Official Birthday, or King’s Official Birthday in the reign of a male monarch, is the selected day in some Commonwealth realms on which the birthday of the monarch (currently Queen Elizabeth II) is officially celebrated in those countries.
The sovereign’s birthday was first officially marked in the United Kingdom in 1748, for King George II. Since then, the date of the king or queen’s birthday has been determined throughout the British Empire, and later the Commonwealth of Nations, according to either different royal proclamations issued by the sovereign or governor or by statute laws passed by the local parliament.
The date of the celebration today varies as adopted by each country and is generally set around the end of May or start of June, to coincide with a higher probability of fine weather in the Northern Hemisphere for outdoor ceremonies, rather than with the monarch’s actual birthday, that of the present monarch being 21 April.
In some cases, it is an official public holiday, sometimes aligning with the celebration of other events. Most Commonwealth realms release a Queen’s Birthday Honours list at this time.
Elizabeth I Quotes/Messages
The end crowneth the work.
If we still advise we shall never do.
I find that I sent wolves not shepherds to govern Ireland, for they have left me nothing but ashes and carcasses to reign over!
Monarchs ought to put to death the authors and instigators of war, as their sworn enemies and as dangers to their states.
Those who appear the most sanctified are the worst.
My mortal foe can no ways wish me a greater harm than England’s hate; neither should death be less welcome unto me than such a mishap betide me.
The stone often recoils on the head of the thrower.
Though I am not imperial, and though Elizabeth may not deserve it, the Queen of England will easily deserve to have an emperor’s son to marry.
He who placed me in this seat will keep me here.
Madam President, speaking here in Dublin Castle it is impossible to ignore the weight of history, as it was yesterday when you and I laid wreaths at the Garden of Remembrance.
It is as queen of Canada that I am here. Queen of Canada and all Canadians, not just one or two ancestral strains.
What were once only hopes for the future have now come to pass; it is almost exactly 13 years since the overwhelming majority of people in Ireland and Northern Ireland voted in favour of the agreement signed on Good Friday 1998, paving the way for Northern Ireland to become the exciting and inspirational place that it is today.
The events that I have attended to mark my Diamond Jubilee have been a humbling experience. It has touched me deeply to see so many thousands of families, neighbors and friends celebrating together in such a happy atmosphere.
For many, Christmas is also a time for coming together. But for others, service will come first.
It is easy enough to define what the Commonwealth is not. Indeed this is quite a popular pastime.