How The Queen Is Celebrating Turning 90

On Sunday, the Queen’s birthday celebrations ended with the Patron’s Lunch, which was attended by 10,000 guests and the royal family.

Never one to shy away from a colourful outfit, Her Majesty ensured she was star of the show in a jaw-dropping bright green ensemble.

The Queen thanked everyone for their birthday wishes, telling the crowd: “To everyone here today and those holding street parties elsewhere I would like to say thank you for the wonderful support and encouragement that you continue to give to me.”

Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s public appearance was also a talking point of the weekend, as the young royals looked adorable waving to the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. The Duchess of Cambridge claimed that George was ‘so excited’ to be attending his second ever Trooping the Colour.

Catherine also revealed her favourite place to take George and Charlotte, telling a neighbour how she loves to take them both to the beach.

“Kate was saying she enjoyed taking the children to the beach,” said Charles Farrow.

Despite the downpour, the royals didn’t let a little wet weather dampen their celebrations. When one woman arrived and apologised to Prince William for her bedraggled appearance, he jokingly replied: “It still looks lovely. You’ve got more hair than I have.”

He told another group: “It wouldn’t be a proper street party without a bit of rain. I’m glad you’ve got a bit of alcohol and some chocolate.”

On Friday, a national service of thanksgiving was held at St. Paul’s Cathedral and was attended by members of the royal family, including Prince Philip – who celebrated his 95th birthday – and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

 

Earlier that day, a new portrait of the Queen and Prince Philip was unveiled to celebrate the couple’s birthdays.

The image was revealed on The Royal Family’s social media accounts, along with the quote: “He has, quite simply, been my strength & stay all these years”.

The photo is the final portrait in the series of official photographs taken by Annie Leibovitz.

The Queen’s actual birthday on April 21st was a jam-packed day of meeting the US President, saying hello to well-wishers and blowing out the candles on a very special cake.

Last month, Queen Elizabeth and members of the royal family came together in the grounds of Windsor Castle for a star-studded celebration of our monarch’s 90 year. With performances from Kylie Minogue, Gary Barlow, Imelda Staunton, Dame Helen Mirren and more, it was a night to remember for us, and Her Majesty…

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived at the Windsor Castle performance ring in a horse-drawn carriage, where her Majesty was greeted by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

 Also watching the show were Princes Harry and William, who wore the Windsor Uniform – the dress for male members of the family when they are at Windsor Castle. As he only got off a flight from Orlando after the Invictus Games earlier that day, we’ll forgive Prince Harry for looking a little tired!

A parade of horses took place before the show, featuring Princess Anne, Zara Tindall and the Queen’s granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor. The Queen was seen looking animated and grinning during this section of the show in particular – not surprising, given her love of all things equestrian.

Kylie Minogue performed her song ‘I Believe in You’.

While Gary Barlow sand ‘Something About This Night’ from the musical Finding Neverland, before speeding away in a sports car painted with a Union Jack flag.

Dame Shirley Bassey wowed the audience with her rendition of hit ‘Diamonds are Forever’.

And Katherine Jenkins took to the stage in a dress emlazoned with the Union Jack, to sing ‘I Vow To Thee My Country’.

Imelda Staunton paid tribute with a musical performance, while horses paraded around the ground.

And Dame Helen Mirren, who has played the Queen on stage and on screen (and won an Oscar for her performance in The Queen) narrated the story of Her Majesty’s teenage years.

On her birthday in April, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived at Windsor Castle for a special lunch in the Queen’s honour. Prince Phillip drove from the castle to greet the Obamas from their helicopter.

During the day, Her Majesty lit the first of 900 beacons located across the country and overseas.

 

The Queen got her fill of daring, dazzling and unusual cakes for her 90th birthday. Check out this 10ft tall ‘scrumdidilyumptious snozzcumber filled’ birthday cake served up by the BFG outside Windsor Castle.

 Opting for a more traditional bake, Great British Bake Off
winner Nadiya Hussain presented Her Majesty with a regal-looking orange drizzle cake. Fancy a slice? You can make your very own version
with our orange drizzle cake with cardamom.

Traditional gun salutes also took place, where 41 volleys were fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. 

In the morning, the Queen and Prince Phillip were greeted by thousands of well-wishers – some of whom even camped out
overnight!

The
Queen’s Walkway is a 6.3km self-guided walking trail connecting 63
points of significance in the town of Windsor, designed by The Outdoor
Trust to symbolically recognise the moment that Her Majesty became
Britain’s longest reigning monarch after more than 63 years on 9
September 2015. As well as greeting the crowds on foot, she and Prince
Philip waved to the crowds from their open top Range Rover.

Earlier in the day, three stunning new portraits were released to mark the Queen’s
90th birthday, including this beautiful shot of her with two
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The image, taken by
renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz at Windsor Castle last month,
shows Queen Elizabeth with two of her grandchildren and three of her
great-grandchildren – the youngest, Princess Charlotte, perched on her
lap.

From left to right, the picture features James, Viscount
Severn, Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor, Mia
Tindall, The Queen, Princess Charlotte, Savannnah Phillips, Prince
George and Isla Phillips.

Spot the handbag? Those who were there
on the day of the shoot have revealed a glorious anecdote about cheeky
Mia Tindall, whois holding up her great-granny’s £1,000 Launer
handbag: “The moment with Mia was completely spontaneous, it was not
staged at all. She just picked up her great-granny’s handbag and that
was it.” We’d like to get our hands on one too, Mia!

The group
portrait is one of three that have been released. The other two show Her
Majesty with her beloved dogs, and a beautiful portrait of her with
daughter Princess Anne. 

Celebrations for the Queen’s 90th kicked off the day before her birthday – on Wednesday 20th April, as she spent the morning
in Alexandra Gardens, near to her Windsor Castle. She grinned as a
children’s choir performed for her and appluaded alongside her husband,
Prince Philip.

She
also visited the Royal Mail delivery office during the morning, after her
most recent postal stamp image – featuring four generations of royals –
was revealed.

Prince William also spoke to the BBC about his
relationship with his grandmother, and said she had been a ‘guiding
example’ of what a good monarch should be: “I think the Queen’s duty and
her service, her tolerance, her commitment to others – I think that’s
all been incredibly important to me and it’s been a real guiding example
of just what a good monarch could be.”

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