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Queens Birthday 2015
Monday 8 June 2015  (All States except WA )

Queens Birthday

Queens Birthday

The Queen's Birthday is celebrated as a public holiday in Australia. The date of the celebration is on the second monday in June each year. The real birthday of the current monarch Queen Elizabeth II is the 21 April 1926

Australians celebrate the Queens Birthday in June because if a public holiday was held on 21 April each year, it would coincide with Easter in many years and also be positioned very close to Anzac Day.

Queen Elizabeth II Books
Queen Elizabeth II: A Birthday Souvenir Album
The official publication commemorating the Queen's 80th birthday in June 2006 is a unique and personal biography-in-pictures that shows her life as a daughter, sister, wife, and mother, as well as Head of State.
Kings, Queens, Bones and Bastards:
Who's Who in the English Monarchy from Egbert to Elizabeth II

Who invented the 'House of Windsor' as a royal name? Who founded Westminster Abbey? Which King had twenty-one illegitimate children? David Hilliam answers all these questions plus many, many, more. Here is a continuous history of the English monarchy, showing how nine dynasties rose and fell. This book covers all of the kings and queens, from Egbert, crowned in 802, to Elizabeth II, as well as recording the extraordinary lives of their queens, consorts, mistresses and bastard children. It also covers what happened to each monarchs remains, as well as relating many more unusual incidents of royal history which rarely appear in the text books!

The Queen: A Biography of Elizabeth II
"One of the many merits of Ben Pimlott's superbly judicious biography of Elizabeth II is that it understands this connection between monarchy and masses, and carefully evokes its political importance."— The New York Times Book Review

"A level-headed study . . . helps us appreciate the capacities as well as the limitations of a woman who, whatever else happens, just keeps on going on." — People

"There will be no better biography of Elizabeth II as a figure of state until her official one appears— and perhaps not even then. . . . Pimlott has succeeded triumphantly. He has written a book that can be enjoyed and admired by people who would never have imagined reading any previous royal biography." — The Independent (London)

"An important and stimulating book." — Antonia Fraser, author of Mary, Queen of Scots in The Guardian (London)

"The best all-around study of the Queen so far, showing understanding as well as amused irony." — The Sunday Telegraph (London)

"There will not be a better royal biography for many years." — The Daily Telegraph (London)

The Queen: Elizabeth II and the Monarchy
The institution of monarchy in Britain is in deep crisis. Scarcely a day goes by without some new revelation about the private life of some or other of the Royals splashed all over the tabloid newspapers, and public interest in the House of Windsor is more feverish and obssessional than ever. Ben Pimlott here subjects Queen Elizabeth II to the rigorous and objective scrutiny he has applied to major political personalities, using a wide range of new sources, including interviews, diaries and letters, and papers in the Royal Archives. The book looks at the social, political and psychological aspects of Queen Elizabeth II's reign in detail, as well as at the changing role of monarchy in the British Constitution.
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II remains a highly respected monarch both in the UK and abroad. In an age in which photography has become the ubiquitous medium, the Queen has been one of the most photographed women in the world, with strong media interest ever since the days of her childhood as a young princess. Revealed here in unique pictures, taken by members of the Press Association over a period of 80 years, is an extraordinary documentation of the life of an extraordinary woman.PA Photos is the photography arm of the PA Group, which also owns the The Press Association, the UK's national news agency. Established in the late 19th Century, the PA has been capturing editorial photography for 140 years. Along the way, PA Photos has incorporated other great British photo libraries, such as Barratts and Sport & General, resulting in an extraordinary archive of over 15 million images recording British life over more than a century.
Queen Elizabeth II: A Portrait in Stamps
Since her accession to the throne in 1952, the Queen's image on UK stamps has become one of the most familiar and reproduced icons of all time. This beautiful and fascinating book illustrates the reign of Her Majesty as celebrated on Britain's stamps. It is published to coincide with the launch of the Royal Mail's stamps commemorating the diamond wedding of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. Lavishly illustrated with more than 250 images, this book contains every design of UK special stamps issued for Royal occasions, plus those designed by members of the royal family. Illustrated from the two great philatelic collections of the British Library and Royal Mail, this book provides an unparalleled visual record of the monarch's life and times. Originally published in 2002 as "Queen Elizabeth II: A Jubilee Portrait in Stamps", this new paperback edition is fully updated and expanded. It is an essential read for anyone with an interest in the monarchy, in design or in stamps.

HM Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Wedding Anniversary

"Struck by The Perth Mint with design-approval from Buckingham Palace, this coloured commemorative coin celebrates the Diamond Wedding Anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who were married in Westminster Abbey, London on 20 November 1947. The coin is struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure gold in proof quality.

The coin's reverse depicts an official colour photograph of The Queen and Prince Philip. The reverse includes a stylised representation of a cut diamond. A genuine diamond is set in the letter 'O' of the word DIAMOND.

The design also includes The Perth Mints historic Mintmark. Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the coin bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse.

The coin is housed in a blue presentation case and a shipper illustrated with a portrait of the Royal couple. Each coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity"

Queens Birthday

The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton
Friday 29 April 2011

The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton took place on Friday 29 April 2011 in Westminster Abbey. For more information on the Royal Wedding see

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Day 2012
Tuesday 5 June 2012
One of the most important celebrations to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s ascension to the throne was held on 5 June 2012 in the United Kingdom. It marked the 60th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The Queens Diamond Jubilee was held on this date to honour the Queen for the decades of service Her Majesty provided to the people of the United Kingdom and all of the territories which are under Her goodwill.For more information on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Day see

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