The Queen’s Birthday is a public holiday celebrated in most states and territories on the second Monday in June.  The good news is that many Australians have a day off work on the Queen’s Birthday.   This weekend is going to be a long weekend.   It is the perfect opportunity for the Australians to spend quality time with their friends and family.  For example, many people from Sydney take advantage of the three-day weekend to book accommodation at a Manly hostel and enjoy the spectacular Manly Beach.

The Queen’s Birthday is celebrated on a different date in Western Australia.  It is interesting to know that in Western Australia, the governor proclaims the holiday either at the end of September or the beginning of October.

Keep in mind that Australia is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. Needless to say, the official head of state is the Monarch of the Realms, Queen Elizabeth II. She is also the head of state of Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Canada and New Zealand. She was born on April 21, 1926.  Anyway, her official birthday is celebrated on a range of dates in the different countries of the Commonwealth of Nations.

The Monarch’s Birthday was celebrated for the first time in Australia in 1788.  In that year, King George III was the Monarch and Governor Arthur Phillip declared a holiday to mark his birthday.

On the Queen’s Birthday, her honors list is also released.  As the name perfectly suggests, this list contains the names of the new members of the Order of Australia and other honors issued by the Australian government or the Queen.