Queen's Birthday is observed in New Zealand
on the first Monday in June. It is a public
holiday observed in other Commonwealth Countries
too, although on different dates.
The Queen of Great Britain, Queen Elizabeth the 2nd,
is our Head of State. Her actual birthday is the
21st of April and her coronation took place on the
2nd of June 1953.
For more information on the Queen and British
Monarchy - click here to visit the official web
For Queen's Birthday New Zealanders enjoy the
extended weekend in a variety of ways. It is
winter here but many people go away for the
weekend and spend time at the beach, sightseeing,
and/or with family and friends.
Along with New Years Day, an honours list is
released on Queen's Birthday. People who have
contributed in significant ways to New Zealand
are recognised and honoured with various titles.
This year we have honoured five knights, two dames
and recipients of the Queen's Service Medal (QSM),
(Companions of the) Queen's Service Order (QSO)
and other NZ Order of Merit recipients.