One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the UK) a day in June chosen for observing the sovereign's birthday.
- ‘The Queen thus has three birthdays: her actual birthday, her official birthday, and her official birthday in Western Australia.’
- ‘As well as marking her official birthday with the annual Trooping the Colour on June 17, the Queen will attend a St Paul's Cathedral service on June 15.’
- ‘The four 25-pounder guns have been used at ceremonial occasions in the city since 1975, and are due to be stood down after firing for the Queen's official birthday this Saturday.’
- ‘The military band provides music for the Trooping of the Colour in celebration of the Queen's official birthday in June.’
- ‘About 3,000 honours are awarded every year, at New Year and on the Queen's official birthday in June.’
- ‘The official birthday of Britain's current queen, Elizabeth, is celebrated on the first Monday in June.’
- ‘He had to come back to England because on Saturday, it was the Queen's official birthday, and he had to be there because he was on parade alongside the Queen.’
- ‘At home the Queen's official birthday is not a public holiday.’
- ‘While the service rounds off a weekend of celebrations, the main focus of public commemorations for the sovereign's birthday will be in June, around her official birthday.’
- ‘Stamps to mark the pomp and ceremony of the Trooping the Colour parade, marking the Queen's official birthday, go on sale today.’
- ‘Today is her real birthday, while her second, official birthday, is in June and is marked by the pomp and pageantry of the Trooping of the Colour.’
- ‘This month we celebrate the official birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.’
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