There are many events across April, May and June this year to celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday.
The Queen of the United Kingdom and head of the Commonwealth countries celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, marking 60 years on the throne and becoming the longest reigning monarch to date. She has participated in many events over the years, including the opening of the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in London, this makes her the first head of state to open two Olympic Games in two different countries.
The Queen will mark her 90th birthday on her official birthday (April 21st) by lighting a beacon accompanied by Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. The principal beacon lighting will be followed by the lighting of a further 1,000 beacons across the country. Army Cadet Force members are said to be taking beacons to the top of the four highest peaks in the United Kingdom to light on top of Mount Snowdon, Ben Nevis, Slieve Donard and Scafell Pike in honour of HM Queen Elizabeth’s birthday.
The huge celebration, to be broadcasted by ITV, will be organised and created by the team that brought us the Diamond Jubilee Pageant in Windsor (2012). It will take place in the private grounds of Windsor Castle on the evenings of 12th – 15th May and visitors can expect to enjoy a spectacular programme of music, song, dance and equestrian displays. A member of The Royal Family will attend each evening with HM The Queen being the final guest on the last evening of the fantastic event. Performers for the show will come from a number of countries including New Zealand, Canada, Australia, the UK and many more.
Sunday 12th June 2016 will see one of the largest street parties the country has even seen taking place along The Mall. Tables will be set up along the world-famous road with more than 10,000 people attending. The classic British hamper lunch will mark the monarch’s milestone birthday, as well as her lifelong patronage or more than 600 national charities and organisations. Other traditional events will include a National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s on Friday 10th June and the Queen’s Birthday Parade at Horse Guards on Saturday 11th June.