Hip hip hooray! Happy birthday Queen Adelaide

Cultural Heart People of Adelaide

It will be an ‘Adelaide overload’ this week with the City of Adelaide hosting a celebration for the 227th anniversary of the birth of its namesake, Queen Adelaide. A civic reception for people named Adelaide will be held on 13 August in the most appropriate of venues, the Adelaide Town Hall’s Queen Adelaide Room.

Queen Adelaide

Queen Adelaide was born in 1792 in the German Duchy of Saxe-Meiningen. It was her husband, King William IV of England, who asked for our city be named Adelaide instead of him (don’t be too sad, the city’s main thoroughfare, King William Street was named after him instead). Queen Adelaide was known for her work to improve education and living conditions for children, particularly for those in need.

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Queen Adelaide Society

More than 200 years after her reign, Queen Adelaide still has a loyal following. The Queen Adelaide Society, formed in 1981, brings people together who share an interest in Queen Adelaide, the city of Adelaide and have a love of children. Members are not required to be named Adelaide! The reception on 13 August is a highlight on the society’s event calendar. Through a series of events held each year, they share knowledge of the life and times of Queen Adelaide, and in the process raise money to donate to a local children’s charity in her memory. This year’s charity is Backpacks for SA Kids who provide essential and personal items to children and young people in emergency foster care, kinship and domestic violence shelters.

I love Adelaide

Whether they go by Addy, Ada, Adele, Dellie or their full name by birth, Adelaides of all ages are invited to attend the celebration.

If you or someone you know is named Adelaide, email our Civics Events team with your name and contact details to receive an invitation for next year’s event.

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Rebecca Moyle-Croft

Rebecca Moyle-Croft

Bec has always been a passionate Adelaidean. Living abroad for six years she took every opportunity to explore, from big cities to national parks. She is chuffed to be living in Adelaide again, enjoying being a tourist in her home town with a long, ever-growing “must see and do” list.