Queen's Birthday

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2020 Date1 June 2020
2021 Date7 June 2021
Queen's Birthday

Queen's Birthday History

Queen's Birthday celebrates the birthday of the current New Zealand monarch. As a constitutional monarchy, the current Queen of New Zealand and the other Commonwealth Realms is Queen Elizabeth II. Although Queen Elizabeth II was born in April, the date of the birthday celebration was never changed after her grandfather, King George V, passed away in 1936. King George V was born on 3 June.

Queen's Birthday in New Zealand is celebrated on the first Monday of June. Occasionally, the date falls on King George V's official birthday of 3 June.

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Queen's Birthday Facts & Quotes

  • Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne on 6 February 1952. She has now been Queen for 68 years.
  • On 21 April 2020, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 94th birthday.
  • When Queen Elizabeth II relinquishes the throne, her son Prince Charles is in line for succession. His birthday of 14 November will coincide even less with his grandfather's birthday of 3 June. However, when his son, Prince William, ascends the throne, his birthday of 21 June will fall nicely in line with the celebrations.
  • The Perth Agreement of 2011 amended royal succession laws which previously gave precedence to male heirs before females. Now, the line of succession is in birth order regardless of gender.
  • In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness ... I hope also that this Jubilee year will be a time to give thanks for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and to look forward to the future with clear head and warm heart - Queen Elizabeth II

Queen's Birthday Top Events and Things to Do

  • Watch a movie about the New Zealand royal family. Some of our suggestions: The Young Victoria (2009), The Madness of King George (1994), The King's Speech (2010) and Lady Jane (1986).
  • Spread awareness on social media by using hashtags #queensbirthday, #queenelizabethII, #newzealandroyals and #commonwealth.
  • Read a book about New Zealand's history to gain a better understanding of the British colonization that led to present day New Zealand's monarchy and the royal's birthday celebration. Some of our favorites include: The British Colonization of New Zealand, Colonization and Development in New Zealand and The Penguin History of New Zealand.
  • Throw a birthday celebration for the Queen. Gather together with your friends and prepare a monarch's meal. Toast to the Queen, to the Commonwealth and to New Zealand.
  • Enjoy the long weekend with your family and friends. It is common for families and friends to take short trips on this weekend.

Queen's Birthday References and Related Sites

publicholidays.co.nz: Queen's Birthday

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