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
We have all felt those emotions in these last few days. So what I say to you now, as your queen and as a grandmother, I say from my heart.
I have been aware all the time that my peoples, spread far and wide throughout every continent and ocean in the world, were united to support me in the task to which I have now been dedicated with such solemnity.
These wretched babies don’t come until they are ready.
Families, friends and communities often find a source of courage rising up from within. Indeed, sadly, it seems that it is tragedy that often draws out the most and the best from the human spirit
The British Constitution has always been puzzling and always will be.
Think what we would have missed if we had never … used a mobile phone or surfed the Net — or, to be honest, listened to other people talking about surfing the Net.
This new power, which has proved itself to be such a terrifying weapon of destruction, is harnessed for the first time for the common good of our community.
For me, heaven is likely to be a bit of a come-down.
1992 is not a year I shall look back on with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it hasturned out to be an Annus Horribilis.
Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.
Football’s a difficult business and aren’t they prima donnas. But it’s a wonderful game.
True patriotism doesn’t exclude an understanding of the patriotism of others.
It has turned out to be an annus horribilis.
It has perhaps always been the case that the waging of peace is the hardest form of leadership of all.
We lost the American colonies because we lacked the statesmanship to know the right time and the manner of yielding what is impossible to keep.