When are we marking the birthday of the Queen?

| 04/06/2017

Britain is celebrating the Queen’s official birthday on 10 June, and all my local calendars show Monday, 12 June to be a public holiday for that event. However, Mr (Franz) Manderson has declared Monday, 19 June as Cayman’s public holiday to mark the event. So which is it?

Auntie’s answer: I have checked on those dates and this is what I have found: In the UK, on Saturday, 10 June, the Colonel’s Review of Trooping the Colour (a dress rehearsal for the upcoming parade for the Queen) will take place, along with a gun salute in Hyde Park for Prince Philip’s birthday.

The Trooping the Colour, or Queen’s Birthday Parade, including gun salutes, is scheduled for the following Saturday, 17 June.

Here in Cayman, the public holiday in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday is not Monday, 12 June, but the following week, on 19 June.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Don’t be surprised if I demur, for, be advised
    My passport’s green.
    No glass of ours was ever raised
    To toast The Queen.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Let’s avoid any confusion and have holidays on both days. It will give us a little time to get off these hamster wheels we seem to have inherited.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Gov posted this on their website in December 2016. I’m not sure where the breakdown occured but they normally state clearly that the Queen’s Birthday has a tentative date which gets confirmed as final later on. I’ve known about June 19th since January.

    • Anonymous says:

      Perhaps you knew about it but I can tell you that up until sever weeks ago the government website said 12 June. Why else do so many people have the wrong date?

      • Anonymous says:

        I honestly don’t know why there was a breakdown this year. I checked the govt archives and see their announcement in December last year. I also received calendars from multiple law firms on island and they all have the correct date. So looks like govt website had conflicting info which then caused confusion.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Government, more specifically, the Protocol Office screwed this up this year. Every year at the beginning of the year I visit the government website and put all the holidays in the calendar. It was only a few weeks ago that I started noticing a different date and on other sources. I checked the government website one day and it said the 12th and the following day it was saying the 19th. They need to make an official announcement about it because they screwed up a lot of people’s long weekend plans.

    • Anonymous says:

      The Queen’s Birthday is always marked “to be confirmed” when the list first comes out at the end of the year for the following year. A press release then goes out when it is confirmed and gov.ky is updated.

      The “problem” this year is likely that the date didn’t change from the initial TBC date for many years, so everyone just plans on the date released in November/December being finalised, even if it says right there “TBC”.

      • Anonymous says:

        That and it’s usually in line with the UK holiday which is always the second Saturday in June so we then get the Monday as a holiday. Why they have decided to do it a week later is beyond me as it no longer corresponds to the Queen’s “official” birthday in the UK.

        • Anonymous says:

          Actually it does correspond to the Queen’s “official” birthday in the UK because that was also pushed back a week to the third Saturday of June this year. Cayman’s date change is to keep in line with the one made in the UK.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I believe government website got it wrong first then corrected it. The date before the correction is what companies used to plan their calendars. You do not honestly think that Britcay, Fosters and CNB all made the same mistake on their calendars?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Shoot my company marked the 12 as a holiday and my vacation is based on that. Now I will lose a day!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    So BritCay’s little wallet calendars got it wrong this year…oops

    • Anonymous says:

      CNB’s did as well, oh well guess they all got it wrong!

      • Anonymous says:

        Someone in Gov decided they wanted a public holiday after Father’s Day rather than staying in line with the recognised holiday in the UK…pathetic!

        • Anonymous says:

          The Queens birthday is NOT a “recognised holiday in the UK”. Just as with Remembrance Day and Ash Wednesday, In England it’s just another day at work.

          • Anonymous says:

            It is still her official birthday and always falls on the second Saturday in June and we usually follow by having the Monday off 2 days later not 9 days later, which you must agree makes no sense.

            • Anonymous says:

              Except it’s the third Saturday of June in the UK this year, so it does make sense.

            • Anonymous says:

              I know Saturday is the Queens BDay but my point was in the UK we don’t get the following Monday off its a normal work day, as is Ash Wednesday and Remembrance Day.

      • Anonymous says:

        The Chamber of Commerce’s Desktop Calendar got it right!