Queen’s celebrates Royal Mail’s 500th birthday on eve of her own

The Queen visited today the Royal Mail delivery office in Windsor yesterday, celebrating their 500th birthday, on the eve of her own 90th celebrations.

Cheers welcomed The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh when they arrived today at the Windsor Royal Mail delivery office on the 500th anniversary of the postal service. Union flags where waved while the Monarch met the staff and viewed royal-themed stamps touring the centre, which has been renamed Queen Elizabeth Delivery Office in her honour.

Royal Mail have released celebratory issues for The Queen’s 90th, including a set of stamps featuring The Queen, Charles, William and George, the four generations of the Windsor family.

Jan Warburton aged 60, who delivers post at Windsor Castle, was introduced to Her Majesty, and Charlie Capper, just 18 months old, gave flowers to The Queen, wearing a smart waistcoat. His grandfather has worked for Royal Mail for the last five decades.

Two choirs and a group of Bristol singers sang Happy Birthday to the Queen in a festive atmosphere.

The Queen, dressed in cerise pink outfit from Stuart Parvin, and husband Prince Philip then left to head to Alexandra Gardens, not too far away in Windsor.

Royal fans and local schoolchildren welcomed The Queen as she arrived to open the bandstand, totting up two engagements in one day.

The significance of the bandstand was to mark the unique and longstanding relationship between Her Majesty, the Armed Forces and Windsor with a grant from the Armed Forces Community Covenant. It features six commemorative plaques focusing on the role of the Armed Forces, and is is edged in an ornate regal purple trim.

Her Majesty ascended the bandstand and unveiled a plaque to mark to opening. A choir made of 500 local Schoolchildren and a Irish Guards performed, children sang happily “Red red robin” and “Happy Birthday”. The Royal couple happily swayed to the music and applauded the performances.

The Queen opens a new Bandstand at Alexandra Gardens, Windsor, on the eve of her 90th Birthday. Picture by Andrew Parsons / i-Images

A short modern interpretation of a scene from Romeo and Juliet was performed for the Royal guests too, by children taking part in the local Shakespeare Festival.

Mark Taylor, head of libraries, arts and heritage for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, said afterwards: “She did enjoy that song.”

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