Saturday, June 11, 2011

Long live the Queen

If you are looking for this Queen... you won't find it inhere!
For those of you who does not live or have knowledge of the Queen’s birthday, every second of June the members of the Commonwealth celebrate the birthday of the Monarch.

But what does it means and why am I writing a post about it?

The meaning

It means that the current Queen, Elizabeth II will be celebrating another year of experience in the crown.

And here... The monarch of the Commonwealth... Elizabeth II

Why is celebrated in June? Isn't the real date on April 21?

Apparently this holiday was first established in 1788 (in Australia), honouring King George III (Monarch at the time) who’s birthday was the 4th of June 1738, but every other king or queen born after those dates was celebrated on their own birthday...

So... Who decided to celebrate anything in June? King George V in 1936 decided to celebrate any Queen or King Birthday on June and later on the Commonwealth fixed the date to the second Monday of June.

... Not that interesting really... I was expecting a drunken aunty dancing around naked in the Buckingham palace to which consequence and in an attempt to distract public attention decided to celebrate the queen birthday that day... Anyway... now you know we are not that crazy =P on celebrating Queen’s birthday on her non-real-birth-day.

Why am I writing about this?

Because is long weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!

The queen’s birthday is a public holiday in Australia (with the exception of the people of Perth, that decided to celebrate it on the first Monday of October... why? No idea!) in which friends take advantage of the long weekend to visit between each other, or many just crack a beer between mates. In any case is a wonderful opportunity to rest and enjoy the cold but lovely weather.

In Sydney you will enjoy some fireworks at Darling Harbour, the end of Vivid Sydney (which reminds me, I have to share with you the pictures that I have been taking from this event), The Darling Harbour Jazz and Blues festival, different events in North Sydney and so on.

So, if you are in Australia, enjoy this awesome and well deserved long weekend.

Edited: added the reason of why is celebrated in June instead of April, thanks xerxesb for your observation.