Queen’s Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebrations are going to be the most widely held, expensive one in UK’s history, according to media history. A whopping Rs 9500 crore will be spent for year-long events across the country. Many events are planned to be held on the occasion for the next one year.
21 April – Queen will unveil a plaque on Windsor’s Queen’s Walkway, before lighting the first of a chain of beacons. Gun salutes will also be held across the UK
12-15 May – Celebrations featuring hundreds of horses and performers in the grounds of Windsor Castle
10 June – A national service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral
11 June – The annual Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade
12 June – The Queen will host a street party for 10,000 people in the Mall
Ten special stamps have been released to celebrate the Queen’s birthday, including a stamp sheet featuring four generations of the Royal Family.
The picture of the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George was taken in Buckingham Palace last year.
George, making his first appearance on a Royal Mail stamp, had to stand on four foam blocks bound together with tape so his head was at roughly the same height as the seated royals.
Six further stamps have been released for the head of state’s 90th birthday, three focusing on the Queen’s family life and three honouring her official role.
On her actual birthday on Thursday, the Queen and Prince Philip will undertake a walkabout in Windsor and unveil a plaque marking The Queen’s Walkway, a 6.3km self-guided walking trail connecting 63 points of significance in Windsor.
It was designed to recognise the moment the monarch broke the record on 9 September 2015 held by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria by being on the throne for 63 years and seven months.
In the evening, the Queen with Prince Philip, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, will light the principal beacon setting in train a series of more than 900 beacons across the UK and around the world to mark the milestone birthday.
On Friday, US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be joining the Queen for lunch at Windsor Castle.
Britain’s longest-serving monarch celebrates two birthdays each year, her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June.
Official celebrations to mark sovereigns’ birthdays have often been held on another day, particularly when the actual birthday has not been in the summer.
Republic said the Queen’s birthday “does not warrant this kind of coverage” and that the BBC had a “duty to report, not to celebrate the royals”.
- The Queen has been married for 68 years, longer than any other British monarch
- Her coronation was the first to be televised and was watched by over 20 million people in the UK
- There have been 12 UK prime ministers, seven Archbishops of Canterbury and seven Popes during her reign
- She has sat for more than 130 official portrait paintings
- During her reign, she has visited 117 countries, travelling more than a million miles
- In 2012 she became the second British monarch to celebrate a diamond jubilee, and in 2015 became the UK’s longest reigning monarch