As a British Overseas Territory, Saint Helena celebrates the Queen’s Birthday each year, with the holiday falling on the third Monday of June.
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The placing of the holiday on a Monday was designed to create an extra-long weekend, while the June date was adopted because the Queen’s official birthday is celebrated in June in the United Kingdom. However, it should be noted that Queen Elizabeth II’s actual birth date is 21 April. The June date in the UK was chosen because there was more likelihood of good weather during celebrations.
On this day, banks and government services close down, as do schools and many private businesses. There are some special speeches, a flag-hoisting ceremony, and a few other official events. The island’s governor will host a “garden party”, and an invitation to this event is considered especially cordial.