This year, on 21 April, Queen Elizabeth II turned 90.
To mark this milestone birthday a number of celebrations have been taking place this year, culminating in three days of events across the UK and the Commonwealth this weekend.
This afternoon an al fresco picnic lunch is being held along The Mall (the long, wide London street leading from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square). Trestle tables have been set up for 10,000 guests, many of whom represent the 600 charities of which the Queen is Patron.
A lunch on this scale requires a great deal of organisation and planning. Here are a few facts connected with today’s event:
- More than 5000 metres of bunting has been put up along The Mall
- 12,500 waterproof ponchos have been made available in case of rain
- 33,000 cups of tea will be poured
- 40,000 sandwiches have been prepared
Each luncheon guest will receive a wicker picnic hamper packed with exciting goodies from Marks and Spencer showcasing British produce. A full rundown of what’s inside each hamper can be found here.
Earlier this year a book called “The Servant Queen” was brought out to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday. It was produced by three Christian organisations and emphasises the role Christianity has played in her life and work. The foreword has been written by the Queen herself, and she is quoted throughout the main text. The book is 64 pages long, and has been beautifully produced with lots of photographs. I think it’s very well written and provides a fascinating insight into the Queen’s faith.
I have a copy of this book to give away. If you would like to be in with a chance to win it, please leave a comment below. Entrants are welcome from anywhere in the world and the winner will be announced a week from today, on Sunday 18 June.