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10 Ideas for the Queen's Birthday

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by Lucy Graham (subscribe)
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Published April 15th 2013
Break the winter doldrums with Queen's birthday holiday fun
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Of all our public holidays here in Australia, the Queen's Birthday carries the least tradition of all. Ironic really. In 2013 Australian's will have a Monday holiday on June 10th, except Western Australians, who are to mark the occasion on September 30th. And if you're South Australian, you may know this day by its alternate title: Volunteer's Day.

Here's a selection of activity ideas for the Queen's Birthday holiday for monarchists and republicans alike. Who knows, perhaps some of these may morph into personal ritual in future years. Have fun!
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1. What better way to get the ball rolling than with a greeting from the Queen's favourite canine variety in quartet?Watch corgis singing 'Happy Birthday'.

2. Get into the spirit of things (according to your own personal taste) by singing along to Queen, Queens of the Stone Age, the Queen of the Night aria from Mozart's opera 'The Magic Flute', or the Choir from Queen's College.
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3. Bake and eat Queen Cakes, Queen Pudding, or whip up some jam tarts or something.

4. In lieu of a birthday gift to the queen herself, make a donation to a hospital named after a Queen (or with 'Royal' in its name).

5. Sleep-in in a queen bed.

6. Take a walk along Queen Street (most cities have one).

7. Read Queenie: One Elephant's Story, by Corinne Fenton to a child you know.

8. Play Queenie, Queenie, whose got the ball, or Find the Queenie or Black Bitch which features the queen of spades, or Croquet (but spare the flamingos if you don't mind).

9. Buy a bunch of white roses and try painting them red. If this fails, plant something regal in the garden like queen of the night, the queen's flower tree, or queen anne's lace.
Richard C. Hoyer, WINGS / Wikimedia Commons


10. Watch a movie such as The Young Victoria, or any of the many films about Elizabeth I, one about the current Elizabeth, The Queen, or Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
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Why? Because all birthdays are worth celebrating, especially when we're on holiday
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