HC Deb 05 June 1894 vol 25 c404

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War why the Queen's birthday was not directed to be kept on Saturday, the 26th of May, by the Forces of the Crown in the Provinces as well as in London; whether he is aware that much disappointment was felt by the Volunteer Forces in the Provinces, who from business engagements were unable to parade on Thursday, the 24th of May, that no opportunity was allowed to them of evincing their loyalty by holding a Saturday afternoon parade in honour of the happy event, as the London corps were able to do; and whether in future arrangements will be made for the celebration of the Queen's birthday by the Forces of the Crown in all parts of the United Kingdom on the same day?


I am unable to satisfy the hon. Member on this point. The date on which Her Majesty's birthday is kept is fixed by the Lord Chamberlain, who takes the Queen's pleasure on the subject.