As we all must know by now Queen Elizabeth II is 90 on 21st April and there are big celebrations due here and many other Commonwealth countries.
The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday and her official birthday on a Saturday in June.
The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration events will take place over four nights from 12th – 15th May 2016 in Home Park Private, Windsor Castle with Members of the Royal Family attending each night, including The Queen who will attend on the final night of Sunday 15th May. The Celebration is a not for profit event and aims to create a significant surplus that will be donated to charities.
Thursday 12: The Queen and members of the Royal Family will attend a pageant celebrating The Queen’s life to be held at Home Park in Windsor Castle.
Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday Party will be a celebration of The Queen’s life, her love of horses, her dedication to the Commonwealth and international affairs and her deep involvement with the Navy, Army and Air Force.
Over 90 minutes, 900 horses and more than 1,500 participants from around the United Kingdom and the World will create a joyful event for The Queen. The 90-year journey will take us from the excitement of the birth, through to World War Two, her marriage, the Coronation and a reign of more than 60 years. The Celebration will use horses, actors, bands and dancers to tell the story.
The celebration will be created by the team that organised the successful Diamond Jubilee Pageant in Windsor in 2012. This time, technology will play an important part in the celebration. The 90-minute experience will be a fusion of the latest video projection, LED effects and theatrical lighting. The finale will be a kaleidoscope of memories and achievements.
It will be a Birthday Party fit for The Queen.
Events in June
Friday 10th June: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will attend a National Service of Thanksgiving. The day also marks the Duke of Edinburgh’s 95th birthday, as well as the start of Her Majesty’s official birthday weekend. Prince Philip will join the Queen for a service of thanksgiving in her honour, hosted at St Paul’s Cathedral.t St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Saturday 11th June: Her Majesty accompanied by Members of the Royal Family will attend at The Queen’s Birthday Parade on Horse Guards Parade.
The party is being held to celebrate Her Majesty’s patronage of over 600 charities and organisations, and has been organised by the Queen’s eldest grandson Peter Phillips through his company SEL.
Those unable to attend the Patron’s Lunch are being encouraged to honour the Queen by holding their own street parties across the country. The government has released new guidelines giving practical advice on how to plan your own neighbourhood bash – including the rules and regulations to follow. The government has just released new guidelines, giving practical advice on how to plan your own neighbourhood bash. Contrary to popular belief, street parties are easy to organise.
Joining hosts Ant and Dec will be Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, actor and British tenor Alfie Boe, Star Wars leading man John Boyega, singer songwriter James Blunt and one of Britain’s best loved actors, Jim Carter.
Also performing will be multi Brit Award nominee Jess Glynne, mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins OBE, one of Britain’s greatest soul singers Beverley Knight MBE, three times Brit Award winner Kylie Minogue OBE, documentary film maker and actor Martin Clunes OBE, and Golden Globe and Emmy winning actor Damian Lewis OBE.
Academy Award winning actress Dame Helen Mirren, Absolutely Fabulous creator, comedian and actress, Jennifer Saunders, stage and screen actress Imelda Staunton CBE and presenter and horticulturalist Alan Titchmarsh MBE will also participate in this landmark celebration.
How will you be celebrating, if indeed you intend to. Will your local community be holding an event or street party? Let us know what is planned. Ed.