Loved across the empire and world, Queen Elizabeth II is a true icon and this year will be extra special for her fans as she will be celebrating her 90th birthday. As the longest-reigning monarch in British history it is only fitting for London to offer exclusive and exciting events in the run up to and on the Queen’s birthday. As the Queen actually celebrates her birthday twice a year we have prepared a brief guide to make sure to don’t miss the best events.
Why 2 Birthdays?
Official celebrations for Kings and Queens have often been held on a day different from their birthday and this is true of Queen Elizabeth II with her actual birthday on April 21st, and again on a Saturday in June. This is more common for those who weren’t born in the summer as this would allow them to enjoy the summer weather as part of their birthday celebration.
When is Britain Celebrating?
Britain will be hosting events from her actual birthday date right through to her summer birthday celebration. Nevertheless, the main celebrations and biggest events will be put on nearer to the time of her summer celebration. For the best chance of enjoying these make sure you are in London during the month of June. Celebrate with a luxury stay in exclusive Mayfair at the Washington Mayfair hotel.
What Events Are Happening?
Many events are still working out the final details on but below is a basic schedule of when some unmissable events will be happening.
May 12 – 15 2016
The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration will be a 90 minute long spectacular
- 900 Horses
- 1,500+ Riders
- Spectacular performers + much more
June 10 2016
A Friday service will be held at St Pauls Cathedral. This is the start of a weekend of celebrations for both the Queen’s 90th and The Duke of Edinburgh’s unofficial 95th birthday. Unfortunately the congregation will be made up of only special guests (invite only).
June 11 2016
Trooping the Colour (The Queen’s Birthday Parade)
During this event the Queen has the chance to inspect and judge each soldier from the household division. If you aren’t able to make it to London this day BBC will be televising the event from 10am. However if you have the chance to be near the Buckingham Palace this day you could see the Royal Family travelling to and from Buckingham Palace throughout the day in their Carriages.
June 12 2016
The Patrons Lunch
This huge event is an immense street party for 10,000 guests eating a picnic and being entertained by dozens of street performers and circus acts, find out how to get involved here.
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