After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III officially became King of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms.
But the change of throne has raised questions among Australians about what is happening with our official public holiday in honor of the Queen’s Birthday and long weekends.
Although the name will be slightly changed to the public holiday The King’s Birthday, the date is likely to remain the same.
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In Australia, the public holiday The Queen’s Birthday is celebrated on different days depending on the state or territory. In South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, it falls on the second Monday in June. It also marks the date on which the Queen’s Birthday Honors list is announced, commemorating those awarded the Order of Australia.
However, in Queensland the public holiday is observed on the first Monday in October, while in Western Australia it falls on the last Monday in September.
The different dates are due to the fact that public holidays in Australia are subject to the jurisdiction of state and territory governments and are subject to change by those authorities.
In Queensland, for example, the public holiday The Queen’s Birthday was moved from June to October in 2015 after the Labor government reversed a decision to move Labor Day from October to May.
Notably, none of these dates coincide with the Queen’s actual birthday, which falls on 21 April.
In the UK, the monarch’s birthday is celebrated with the Trooping of the Color or Queen’s Birthday Parade, which celebrates the official birthday of the sitting British monarch.
The celebrations are usually held on the second Monday in June, however in 2022 they were celebrated on June 2 to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and her 70th reign.
While these dates also do not coincide with the Queen’s actual birthday, the tradition dates back to 1748 by decision of King George III. Although his birthday fell on November 10, he moved the celebration to late May or early June to coincide with the summer months.
This tradition is likely to continue now that King Charles III, whose birthday falls on November 14, has ascended the throne.
Australians could also get a public holiday to commemorate the Queen’s passing, according to leaked plans that have been prepared for Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
National Day of Remembrance, which is likely to become a public holiday, could be part of Australia’s response to the news. Australian disclosed.
All Commonwealth countries will also observe 10 days of mourning and remembrance, which means our flags will be flown at half mast.
Queen Elizabeth II passed away Thursday evening at 8:30 pm local time (3:30 am Friday EST). She was the longest-serving British monarch, her reign exceeding 70 years after she ascended the throne at the age of 25.