'Hip Hip Hooray' - It's The Queen's 90th Birthday
Thu 21 Apr 2016
A very happy birthday to Her Majesty The Queen who turns 90 today (Thursday, 21st April 2016). As of September 9th 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning monarch in this country’s history, having served a remarkable 64 years and counting on the throne.
Despite today being her actual birthday, the Queen will continue to work by unveiling a plaque on the Queen’s Walkway by Windsor Castle. The walkway is four-miles long and commemorates the Queen’s incredible reign. In the evening the Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will light the first in a chain of 1,000 beacons across the country and worldwide to celebrate her birthday. This will be followed by a private luncheon with the American President Barack Obama at Windsor Castle the next day.
A variety of high profile public events are planned throughout April, May and June, several of which are free and some require tickets, so be sure to plan ahead if you want to participate.
MAY 12-15 - CELEBRATION AT HOME PARK, WINDSOR CASTLE
Billed as the Queen's 90th birthday celebration, this will be a special tribute to celebrate the monarch’s love for horses. A theatrical extravaganza will be staged four nights running in Windsor's Home Park, featuring 900 horses and 1,500 participants. The show will tell the story of the Queen's life and will feature a live performance from Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins. Members of the Royal Family will attend the show each night, while the Queen will attend the final performance on Sunday 15th May, which will be broadcast on ITV and hosted by Ant and Dec.
For more information, visit The Celebration on The Long Walk
JUNE 10-12 - NATIONAL COMMEMORATIONS
A weekend of national commemorations from 10th – 12th June marks the Queen's official birthday. There is a packed schedule of events for the monarch, plus an extension of pub opening hours to help create a party atmosphere.
On Friday 10th June (also the Duke of Edinburgh's 95th birthday) the Royals will be out in force for a televised service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral in the Queen's honour. Politicians - past and present, religious leaders and specially invited guests will gather to mark the Queen's incredible 90 years.
Saturday 11th June - the Queen's official birthday - will see the traditional Trooping the Colour parade and carriage procession. Royal watchers may catch a glimpse of Princess Charlotte if she makes her first appearance on Buckingham Palace’s iconic balcony as the Windsor’s gather for the fly-past.
Sunday 12th June will see a mass street party on The Mall. Organised by Peter Phillips, the event will see 10,000 people sit down to a hamper-style lunch along the thoroughfare leading up to Buckingham Palace. A carnival parade will travel along entertaining guests and the Queen and Prince Philip will take to a stage at the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of the Palace to listen to speeches. Big screens will be positioned in Green Park and St. James's Park for the public to watch all the festivities.
Also on Sunday 12th June is the “Big Lunch”, when people are encouraged to have lunch with their neighbours in streets and community spaces. To mark the occasion, there’s no better dish to serve than Coronation Chicken, invented for the Coronation banquet of Elizabeth II. Chicken Coronation is a timeless and tasty dish is loved by all.
CHICKEN CORONATION RECIPE
- 6 skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tsp mild curry powder
- 150 g (5oz) mayonnaise
- 125 g (4oz) crème fraîche
- 3 tbsp mango chutney
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
- 75 g (3oz) dried ready-to-eat apricots, chopped
- 50 g (2oz) sultanas
- 50 g (2oz) flaked almonds
- Large handful fresh coriander, chopped
- Put the chicken breasts into a large pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer gently for 15min or until the chicken is cooked through (slice a breast in half to check). Drain and leave until completely cool.
- Meanwhile, heat a small frying pan and toast the curry powder, stirring, until it smells fragrant (about 30sec). Empty into a large bowl and stir through the next seven ingredients, along with plenty of seasoning.
- Cut or rip the cooled chicken into bite-sized pieces and add to the mayonnaise mixture, along with most of the flaked almonds and chopped coriander. Stir well and check the seasoning.
- To serve, garnish with remaining almonds and coriander.
JUNE 14-18 - ROYAL ASCOT
Immediately after the Queen’s official birthday celebrations is Royal Ascot. As per tradition, the Queen usually heads to the world class racecourse to enjoy her favourite pastime. The Gold Cup on Ladies' Day will be renamed The Gold Cup in Honour of the Queen's 90th Birthday.
Positioned directly opposite the main Grandstand, The Royal Ascot Village makes the perfect base for an exquisite day of hospitality. Boasting unrivalled views from a private viewing area, situated adjacent to the Winning Post, guests feel immersed in all of the day’s racing action, with an excellent view of the Royal Procession. Exquisite food, stylish interiors and a sprinkling of theatre make it a day to remember.