bpmod wrote: Magna wrote:
dhkendall wrote:Not saying it's not an official reason. Just saying that it's a unique official reason, in that no other country (that I know of) has a national holiday on a date other than either the anniversary of independence or an otherwise important national event.
In the UK and most commonwealth countries that celebrate it, the Queen's Birthday is officially celebrated in either May or June, although actually she was born in April. The official celebration is scheduled for the summer months because the weather is usually more favorable then.
Yes, but "the Queen" in that context, and whose birthday is so celebrated, was born May 24th and her name was Victoria.
Actually, that seems to only be a Canadian thing - since Victoria was the Queen that gave us Dominionhood (what we celebrate as Canada Day, not really our independence Day, but close enough for the outsider) we celebrate the reigning soverign's official birthday on hers. As Magna pointed out, other Commonwealth realms use other dates, I believe the UK itself uses a date in June. (I beleive even the Falklands, being a British colony, use the June date, although I can only imagine what the weather is like then ... )
So, all Commonwealth countries, even Canada, celebrate QEII's birthday, but on the "wrong" date (which differs by nation).