Queen's Birthday in Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cuhna Date in the current year: April 17, 2017

Queen's Birthday in Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cuhna Most Commonwealth realms and British overseas territories celebrate the Queen's Official Birthday in June. However, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cuhna is an exception. Here the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II is observed on the third Monday in April which is close to its actual date.

Queen Elizabeth II is was born on April 21, 1926. However, her official birthday is typically celebrated in June. This tradition was established by King Edward VII, who was born on November 9 and moved his birthday celebration to early summer in the hope of good weather. Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cuhna is the only British overseas territory that celebrates the Queen's actual birthday. The celebration was moved to the third Monday in April in order to create a long weekend.

Queen's Birthday is a public holiday, so all government offices, banks, educational establishments, and businesses are closed. The holiday is celebrated with official ceremonies, public speeches, flag hoisting, and other relevant events and activities. The Governor of Saint Helena usually hosts a garden party at Plantation House, the official residence of the Governor located in the capital settlement of Jamestown.

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Saint Helena

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