Queen’s Birthday

Today is our holiday for the Queen’s “official” birthday (though not her actual birthday). The tradition of celebrating the British monarch’s birthday around summer began with King George II in 1748, largely to ensure fine weather for the occasion.

The Queen in 1959

Queen_Elizabeth_II_1959 Queen Elizabeth II Vladimir Tiara, Queen Victoria Jubilee Necklace, the blue Garter Riband, Badge and Garter Star and the Royal Family Orders of King George V and

On this day: a new Parliament House

Construction of New Parliament House, Canberra, 26 April 1988. Australia. Federal Government.

In this photograph dated the 26th of April, 1988, the massive flagpole is constructed on top of Australia’s new Parliament House in the capital city, Canberra.

The new building was constructed at the time of Australia’s bicentenary, replacing what would become known as Old Parliament House, the white building at the front of the picture.

New Parliament House was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on the 9th of May.

 Opening_parliament_house_1988Crowds attend the official opening of the new Parliament House Building in 1988. Canberra.

The official opening in 1988.

On this day: the future Queen in Canada

Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh was photographed in New Brunswick, Canada on the 6th of November, 1951. She walks with Premier John B. McNair.

Elizabeth would become Queen only weeks later, upon the death of her father.

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On this day: A Royal Wedding

The wedding of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh took place on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey in London.

The future Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh were married in Westminster Abbey in London on the 20th of November, 1947. The wedding took place at 11:30am.

Wedding dress of Wedding dress of Elizabeth II. Photo taken on her wedding day, 20 November 1947.

British designer Norman Hartnell created the dress, which was bought with ration coupons, as rationing was still in place following the Second World War.