Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India, died in 1901 – but Canadians still celebrate her birthday every year.

Actually, we celebrate two birthdays this weekend: Victoria’s, and Queen Elizabeth II’s. Victoria was actually born on May 24, and since 1953, the official celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s birthday in Canada has fallen on the same day – even though her real birthday is in April.

Celebrating the monarch’s birthday is a long tradition in Canada, according to Garry Toffoli, vice-chairman and executive director of the Canadian Royal Heritage Trust, going back to George III’s reign in the 18th and 19th century. Read More