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The King's Birthday Reception

The British monarch’s official birthday is not held on the same day each year, but instead is observed on a Saturday in June, usually the first or second weekend of the month. And the reason for the second birthday date? It's the British weather. The sovereign’s official birthday involves a lot of outdoor activities—such as the Trooping of the Colour military parade—and so the festivities were assigned a date when it was most likely to be a sunny day. This double birthday tradition dates back to 1748, when the annual summer military cavalcade became a celebration of the king as well as the armed forces—even though George II’s birthday was in October. Since then a monarch’s official birthday has generally been held in the summer, often quite removed from their actual day of birth. Edward VII was born in November, but his official birthday celebration was always held in May or June, Elizabeth II's birth date was April 21 and Charles III was also born in November and has followed the convention in the hope that good weather will allow the British people and tourists alike, to celebrate in style. 

His Excellency will celebrate with a garden party for around 500-600 guests. Invites go out to members of the Royal Court and states of Guernsey, Island Services, patronages of the Lieutenant-Governor and his wife, community and professional organisations and a host of other guests from across the islands. They sing the national anthem and His Excellency presents any Bailiwick Honours that have been presented in the King's New Year's Honours List. A lovely occasion, fingers crossed it doesn't rain.  

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