King’s Birthday

King's Birthday

The King’s Birthday public holiday is celebrated each year in New Zealand on the first Monday in June, even though King Charles III was born on 14 November 1948.

The 2024 King's birthday holiday is on Monday 3 June. Tūranga is open from 10am to 5pm; all other libraries are closed. 

King's Birthday

For over a hundred years, the birthday of the reigning King or Queen has been celebrated in June each year in both Britain and New Zealand. New Zealand celebrates this holiday because the King is the head of state of New Zealand.

New Zealand’s form of government is a constitutional monarchy. The King’s official representative in New Zealand is the Governor-General who carries out some political duties on behalf of the King, such as opening Parliament and presenting honours to the people who have been awarded them. On the King’s Birthday, the King's Birthday Honours List (a list of New Zealand people who have earned a special award that year) is released.

King Charles III

Images of Charles in Canterbury Stories

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