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Queen's Birthday in New Zealand

Quick Facts

The Queen’s birthday is an annual public holiday in New Zealand on the first Monday of June.

Local names

NameLanguage
Queen's BirthdayEnglish
Geburtstag der QueenGerman

Queen's Birthday 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

Queen's Birthday 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015
List of dates for other years

Many New Zealanders celebrate the Queen's Birthday on the first Monday of June each year, as New Zealand is a constitutional monarchy with the Queen of the United Kingdom being the head of state.

Picture of a young Queen Elizabeth II

An image of Queen Elizabeth II, whose birthday is celebrated as a public holiday in New Zealand.

©iStockphoto.com/arnwald

What do people do?

Many people have the day off on the Queen’s birthday, which is the official opening of the ski season. It’s usually held on a Monday so is part of a long weekend. The Queen's Honours list is released around the time of the Queen’s birthday public holiday. This list has hundreds of recipients, who are honoured and recognized for public service, from services to television to services to prisoner welfare.

Public life

The Queen's birthday is a public holiday in New Zealand. Schools, government offices, and many businesses are closed.

Background

The official head of state of New Zealand is the Monarch of the Commonwealth Realms. The monarch's birthday is officially celebrated in many parts of New Zealand. On her accession in 1952 Queen Elizabeth II was proclaimed in New Zealand ‘Queen of this Realm and all her other Realms’. Her representative in New Zealand, the governor general, has symbolic and ceremonial roles and is not involved in the day-to-day running of the government, which is the domain of the prime minister. Her actual birthday is on April 21, but it's celebrated as a public holiday on the first Monday of June.

Symbols

Images of the Queen are seen on various paraphanalia, especially royal collection items. Some museums may display these items especially around the time of the Queen's birthday holiday.

Queen's Birthday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
MonJun 41990Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 31991Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 11992Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 71993Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 61994Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 51995Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 31996Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 21997Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 11998Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 71999Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 52000Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 42001Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 32002Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 22003Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 72004Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 62005Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 52006Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 42007Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 22008Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 12009Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 72010Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 62011Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 42012Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 32013Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 22014Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 12015Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 62016Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 52017Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 42018Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 32019Queen's BirthdayNational holiday
MonJun 12020Queen's BirthdayNational holiday

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