This weekend is a long weekend for us here in Australia. As a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, Australia allows its citizens a public holiday to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday even though Her Maj probably blows up a few balloons and serves ice-cream & jelly on her actual birthday, being 21 April.
The Monarch’s birthday has been celebrated in Australia since 1788, when Governor Arthur Phillip unfurled the bunting and threw a party for King George III. The Aussies don’t need an excuse to party so it soon became an annual public holiday – a celebration of the Monarch’s birthday; held every year until the death of King George V in 1936. After the King’s death it was decided to hold the Monarch’s birthday public holiday around the second weekend of June.
I like to gloat to my friends and family back in the UK that we have a DAY OFF to mark the Queen’s birthday when there is no such luxury for them. So I shall kick back and enjoy the long weekend whilst it’s business as usual in good old Blighty – such is life!
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It’s always good to have a day off, whatever the reason! Brunei has a public holiday on Christmas day, even though you are not publicly allowed to celebrate Christmas anymore!
wow! so different from our western culture
There’s something not right here. Not only do you get the weather but you also get a day off for the Queen’s birthday? I need to write to Her Maj and complain on behalf of all Brits still stuck on this cold, wet island! Enjoy your day x
If it’s any consolation it has ended up wet and windy here in Adelaide – Ha! karma 🙂