Queen's Birthday

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2024 Date7 October 2024

Queen's Birthday (QLD)

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Queen's Birthday History

Queen's Birthday is a public holiday in Queensland (QLD), Australia, which celebrates the birth of the reigning British monarch, currently Queen Elizabeth II. This observance aims to pay tribute to the long-standing contributions and service made by the queen to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms. Australians traditionally mark the occasion with a variety of events and festivities, including parades, outdoor activities, and family gatherings.

The history of Queen's Birthday dates back to 1788 when the first governor of New South Wales, Arthur Phillip, established the holiday in honour of King George III. Over the years, the celebration has evolved, and today it honours the reigning British monarch. The holiday is a significant event for the people of Australia, as it highlights the country's historical ties to the British monarchy and acts as a reminder of the continuing bond shared by these nations. Moreover, it also serves as an opportunity for Australians to reflect on the social, economic, and cultural advancements supported by the queen during her reign.

In recognition of Queen's Birthday, Australians participate in a wide range of activities with family and friends, such as picnics, barbecues, and sporting events. Established in 1979, the Australian honours system facilitates the recognition of outstanding citizens for their contributions to the nation. It is customarily during this period that the Queen's Birthday Honours List is announced. Although the actual date of Queen Elizabeth II's birth is April 21st, the holiday is observed annually on the second Monday of June in QLD and most other Australian states and territories, to provide a long weekend for the public.

Top facts about Queen's Birthday

  • The Queen's Birthday holiday in Queensland has occasionally been met with debate and discussions about whether it should continue to be observed. Some argue that it is an outdated tradition and no longer relevant, while others believe it is an essential part of Australia's history and identity.
  • Queensland is the second largest state in Australia, with an area of 1,727,000 square kilometres.
  • Located in Queensland, Munga-Thirri National Park is the largest national park in Australia with an area of 3.6 million hectares.
  • The Queen's Birthday holiday in Queensland has its roots in ancient Roman tradition. It was originally celebrated as the birthday of the Roman goddess Fortuna, the goddess of luck and fortune.
  • The Queen's Birthday holiday in Queensland is not always celebrated on the same day as the Queen's actual birthday. The date for the holiday varies between different Australian states and territories, as each has the freedom to choose its own date for the celebration.

Top things to do for Queen's Birthday

  • Attending the parade is one of the most popular things people do on Queen's Birthday. The parade usually consists of various performances, mounted police, military bands and colourful floats representing different communities and organizations.
  • People often take advantage of the long weekend to indulge in outdoor activities like bush walking, camping, biking, and fishing.
  • Spend a day exploring the famous Australia Zoo, home to a variety of animals including kangaroos, koalas and crocodiles.

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