The Queen’s Official Birthday is not an official public holiday in the UK, however it is always held on the second Saturday in June and is therefore a day of rest for many people across London and the isles.
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The Queen’s Official Birthday date differs from her actual birth date on 21 April, which she celebrates privately. By choosing a summer date for the official birthday celebrations, there is a higher likelihood of fine weather.
The Queen’s Official Birthday is marked by the traditional Trooping of the Colour ceremony that takes place on Horse Guards Parade in London, the announcement of the list of Birthday Honours, and the public appearance of the Queen and the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
The Queen’s Birthday is also a holiday in UK overseas territories and in Commonwealth nations, though many of these overseas celebrations are celebrated on a different date to the official UK date.