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 upward course of a nation’s history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women
In remembering the appalling suffering of war on both sides, we recognise how precious is the peace we have built in Europe since 1945.
I myself prefer my New Zealand eggs for breakfast.
I hope people will think very carefully about the future,
I have behind me not only the splendid traditions and the annals of more than a thousand years but the living strength and majesty of the Commonwealth and Empire; of societies old and new; of lands and races different in history and origins but all, by God’s Will, united in spirit and in aim.
My husband has quite simply been my strength and stay all these years, and I owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim.
Cowards falter, but danger is often overcome by those who nobly dare.
Work is the rent you pay for the room you occupy on earth.
For Christians, as for all people of faith, reflection, meditation and prayer help us to renew ourselves in God’s love, as we strive daily to become better people. The Christmas message shows us that this love is for everyone. There is no one beyond its reach.
They are not royal. They just happen to have me as their aunt.
I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else – I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.
What were once only hopes for the future have now come to pass…
To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn than to the imperishable truth to be found in this treasure house, the Bible?
It’s all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you’re properly trained.
Therefore I am sure that this, my Coronation, is not the symbol of a power and a splendor that are gone but a declaration of our hopes for the future, and for the years I may, by God’s Grace and Mercy, be given to reign and serve you as your Queen.