I’m off across the pond…
Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her 90th birthday this year. She is lucky enough to always have two birthdays, her actual birthday on April 21st and then her ‘official’ birthday which this year will be celebrated on Saturday June 11th (because the weather is better, seriously).
Things happening in London over Her Majesty’s birthday weekend:
June 10: Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.
A weekend of events to celebrate the Queen’s birthday and, unofficially, the Duke of Edinburgh’s 95th birthday, will start on June 10 with a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. The congregation will be made up of invited guests only, but the service will be televised. June 10 is also the Duke of Edinburgh’s 95th birthday, (but he has specified that he does not want any public celebration of the date).
June 11: Trooping the Colour
Saturday, June 11 is the date of this year’s Trooping the Colour, the official annual celebration of the Queen’s birthday. Otherwise known as The Queen’s Birthday Parade, it is a chance for the Queen to inspect soldiers from the Household Division. It takes place on Horse Guards Parade behind Whitehall, and is televised live by the BBC from 10am.
The Queen and other members of the Royal family travel to and from Buckingham Palace in carriages, meaning there is ample opportunity to see her for anyone standing on The Mall. She will then appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at 1pm to watch a fly-past. This will be the only “balcony moment” of the birthday celebrations and is another good chance for members of the public to see the Queen, albeit from a distance.
And I will be there, complete with hat and husband. I will post pictures to our Facebook page so watch for the English Rose Tea Room exclusive!
God Save the Queen, and Happy Birthday Ma’am.