The Queen’s grandson, Peter Phillips, is organising a street party to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday next year, Buckingham Palace has announced.
On Sunday 12th June 2016, 10,000 guests will gather on The Mall for the ‘Patron’s Lunch’, named in honour of the work The Queen does for over 600 patronages.
The luncheon will form part of a weekend celebrations to mark the anniversary, with the Saturday being Trooping the Colour, The Queen’s official birthday, while Friday 10th will see a service of thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral for the Monarch’s 90 years of life.
Prince Philip, Prince William and Prince Harry will also be taking seats at the picnic tables adorned with union flags, with the brothers being named as joint presidents of the event. It is thought more members of the Royal Family will attend, but no other names have yet been confirmed.
Peter Phillips’ company, Sports Entertainment Ltd. will be running the event, and he hopes that it will encourage similar parties across the country.
Mr Phillips, who is believed to still work for Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “We are aiming to inspire as many people as we can to host street parties of their own for the direct benefit of their community. I hope that people in Britain and across the Commonwealth dust off their picnic tables and join us in celebrating this very special occasion.
“We wanted to create a celebration based off the back of the successful Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee where there was a ground swell of warmth and affection for The Queen.
“We want to reflect the service she’s given to all her organisations and charities. And insure there was a suitable celebration of her commitment to her patronages and provide the opportunity for her patronages and other communities around the country to say thank you.
And it appears Her Majesty is keen on the idea: “She’s obviously been kept abreast through her office about all the developments and the times I’ve had the chance to talk to her, she’s been excited by it,” Peter said.
More than 7,500 tickets being reserved for those involved with charities and organisations Her Majesty supports, and a further 1,500 for event partners, including sponsors Marks and Spencer, and Boots. Any Royal Watchers keen on getting their hands on a ticket could struggle – just 1,000 tickets are being released into a ballot for the general public to attend.
The event will also raise money for a newly created Patron’s Fund, which will be used to support specific initiatives and projects run by The Queen’s charities, which include: Action for Children, Cruse Bereavement Care, The Royal British Legion, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Battersea Dog’s and Cat’s Home.