Queen’s Birthday 2018

Monday 4 June is a public holiday on which New Zealand celebrates the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. 21 April was her actual birthday and she turned 92 (she was born in 1926).

Queen Elizabeth II has visited Christchurch numerous times during her reign, most notably for the 1974 Commonwealth Games held at her namesake sporting venue, Queen Elizabeth II Park, often referred to as QEII.

Sadly, QEII had to be demolished in 2012 due to earthquake damage but the rebuilt pool facility, Taiora QEII is due to open this week, just in time for Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

With the recent royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex), and the popularity of television series The Crown, there is as much interest as ever in the Queen and her family – so if you’re keen on some royal reading over the long weekend, we have plenty to choose from.

For titles looking at the Queen’s life as portrayed in The Crown try:

Cover of The Crown: The inside historyCover of Young Prince Philip Cover of Young Elizabeth Cover of The private life of Elizabeth II Cover of Access Video Queen Elizabeth's coronation Cover of Coronation Cover of LilibetCover of My husband and I

For titles about Harry and Meghan try:

Cover of Harry & Meghan: An Invitation to the Royal Wedding Cover of Harry & Meghan: a royal engagement Cover of Prince Harry: The inside story Cover of Harry: A biography Cover of Prince Harry: Brother, soldier, son Cover of Harry: The People's prince  Cover of Hello! magazineCover of Meghan: A Hollywood princess

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All our libraries are closed on Monday 4 June 2018.

Queen’s Birthday 2017

Queen’s Birthday – Monday 5 June – is Queen Elizabeth II ‘s official birthday. In New Zealand we have a public holiday on the first Monday in June. Libraries will be closed on Monday 5 June.

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The Queen’s birthday is actually 21 April, when she turned 91. Celebrations are held in the first weeks of June, which also mark the anniversary of the Coronation sixty-four years ago on 2 June 1953.

King George II began the tradition in 1748. He was born in November and decided it was too cold to hold parades then, so he decided to celebrate an official birthday in summer, when the weather would be much better.

In Great Britain the Trooping of the Colour will be held this year on Saturday 17 June. This is a parade of the Queen’s Household Troops, followed with an inspection by the Queen.

This year in New Zealand there will be several gun salutes in Wellington to mark the Coronation (2 June), the Queen’s Birthday (6 June), and Prince Phillip’s 96th birthday (10 June).

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To mark the occasion I’ve selected my favourite media on the Queen: Fiona’s picks : Queen Elizabeth II.There’s a great mix of biography, photography and, streaming video and DVD.

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Enjoy!

Anzac Day for children

Anzac Day is celebrated on 25 April every year in New Zealand and Australia to remember all the members of the armed forces who served in the two World Wars and other major conflicts, such as the Vietnam and Korean Wars.  Children can learn some interesting facts about Anzac Day and some of the wars that our troops fought in by:

There are also a number of dawn parades and memorials around Christchurch and Canterbury that you could go along to to remember those that died fighting for their country.

Camping a la side-car – Image of the week

A camping holiday ideal for health and pleasure : touring by motorcycle, unpacking side-car in front of the tent. 1928.

A camping holiday ideal for health and pleasure : touring by motorcycle, unpacking side-car in front of the tent.

Source: The weekly press, 1 Feb. 1928, p. 32

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