Last June, The Patron’s Lunch was held in the Mall to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, for the 600 charities and organizations that have the royal as their patron. And it’s now been revealed, through accounts filed with Companies House, that the company organising the event, was paid £750,000 for doing so.
The company, Sports and Entertainment Ltd, is run by the Queen’s grandson, Peter Phillips. Peter is Zara Phillips’ brother, and co-ordinated the event. He was put in charge of making the event as spectacular as possible for his grandmother.
The event itself raised £384,000 for the charity attendees. And further donations resulting from the event meant that overall, £750,000 was given to 290 of the Queen’s charities in the UK and the Commonwealth.
(Peter Phillips, next to his grandmother the Queen)
The Patron’s Lunch kicked off the street party trend last year, and is thought to be one of the biggest street parties ever held. And while the Queen’s charities were of course on the guest list, many members of the public also had the chance to go, via a ticket ballot. The event ending up hosting a record 10,000 guests.
Prince Harry, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge,
joined the Queen and the guests for lunch, many of whom included
representatives from charities including The National Theatre, and
Sadly it rained on the day, but the crowds didn’t let that dampen their spirits. Marks and Spencer was the official caterer, and
provided a deluxe hamper including a selection of sandwiches, cupcakes,
Pimms and some mini pork pies. There was also Scottish smoked salmon mousse, chicken salad, and bottles of apple juice. Guests
also got to take home a limited edition PG Tips cup and
saucer – no doubt a popular gift!
At the event, the Duke of Cambridge took a moment to
applaud his cousin Peter for the success of the event, saying, “Can I
begin by thanking the organisers of this event, especially my cousin
Peter for working so hard over the past year to turn his vision for this
celebration into a reality. Catherine, Harry and I and the rest our
family are extremely proud to be here today.”
He also gave the
Queen a touching personal tribute at the end of his speech, saying,
“Before I finish, I hope you won’t mind if I say a personal thank you to
The Queen – and to do so on behalf of all her grandchildren – and
great-grandchildren. Granny, thank you for everything you have done for
your family. We could not wish you a happier birthday.”
monarch herself thanked guests for attending, with a light-hearted
speech. She said, “I much appreciate the kindness of all your birthday
wishes, and have been delighted and moved by the many cards and messages
I have received. How I will feel if people are still singing Happy
Birthday to me in December, remains to be seen!”