Today is a public holiday here in the Lucky Country in observance of the Queen’s birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II’s actual birthday is April 21, but Australians celebrate it on the second Monday in June because it would otherwise coincide with Easter on some years and be too close to Anzac Day.
So how do Aussies celebrate the Queen’s Birthday Holiday? With footy, of course!
Football has been played on the Queen’s or King’s birthday since the first season of the Victorian Football League (today known as the Australian Football League, or AFL) in 1897. Since 2001, the competing clubs have been Collingwood (go Pies!) and Melbourne.
What are you doing on this Queen’s Birthday Holiday?
About the featured image: This Feb. 12, 1926 photo provided Wednesday, April 21, 2010 by the Royal Collection shows the Duchess of York, right, with then-Princess Elizabeth, who later became Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. The Royal Collection released photos of the future Queen’s first portrait session on Wednesday to mark her 84th birthday. (AP)