Best of Britain – Celebrating The Queen’s 90th Birthday
How You Can Get Involved
To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, we will be exploring the “Best of Britain” this month, and sharing some of our favourite British tourist attractions.
It seems like the Queen has been celebrating a lot of milestones recently. 2012 was her Diamond Jubilee, and then in 2015 she became the nation’s longest reigning monarch. 2016 another landmark year for Her Majesty as she celebrates her 90th birthday. There are plenty of celebrations planned from April through to June and everyone will have an opportunity to join in the fun. Go fetch your diary and get ready to pencil in a few festivities!
To honour her life and dedication to the nation, there are plenty of events planned to celebrate her big day, let’s take a look at the main events.
The celebrations are set to commence on April 21st, the Queen’s birthday. She’ll be in Windsor on her special day – so head there if you want to catch a glimpse of her. It’s likely that Buckingham Palace will announce some public engagements for the 20th and 21st, so keep an eye out for those. As with any event involving the Royal Family, you need to be prepared to turn up early and bag the best spot. Some even beat the crowds by camping out overnight – so that’s an option if you really want to get a great view of Her Majesty. Overall though, April is set to be a relatively quiet month, with the larger celebrations following later on.
May is when the spectacular festivities really begin. The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration is set to be a fantastic event. Taking place in Windsor, it’s going to involve horses, actors, bands, dancers and some very modern technology to honour a lifetime that’s seen incredible change. The event will tell the story of the Queen’s life from her birth, the formative years of the Second World War, her marriage to Prince Philip, her coronation and the subsequent reign of more than 60 years. It’s quite the story!
As summer arrives, the birthday celebrations will head to London. The capital will be home to three major events, the first of which is The Service of Thanksgiving at the iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral. While you won’t be able to watch from inside, it’s set to be televised and crowds are sure to line the streets to see the Queen on her way. The next date is Trooping the Colour, the annual celebration of the monarch’s birthday. Given the occasion, the atmosphere at Horse Guards Parade is set to be extra special this year. Rounding off an incredible weekend is the The Patron’s Lunch – a giant street party taking place on The Mall. The Queen and Prince Philip will join in the festivities, watching from a platform on the Queen Victoria Memorial. If you don’t manage to nab some tickets, then head to St James’s Park and Green Park to watch the celebration on some big screens. Just remember to get there early and bring a picnic with you!
These very special birthday celebrations are sure to attract people from all over the world, not just the UK. The Queen holds a special place in many hearts, and people will want to wish her well in any way they can. So if you can, be sure to head along to some of the brilliant birthday events that are taking place. Let’s just hope that the weather holds up! Mind you, when did a spot of rain ever stop us having a great time?
Photo by Joel Rouse / Ministry of Defence