Queen’s 90th birthday will see a weekend of live BBC1 events…and The Mall’s biggest ever street party

Get your Union Jacks out in June – the BBC is planning a weekend of celebrations

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The Queen is 90 years old in June and the event will be marked with a weekend of live events, the Corporation has announced.

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The celebrations begin on Friday June 10 with a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral and the traditional display of pageantry of the Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) will be held on Saturday June 11 on Horse Guards Parade. The Royal Family will then make its annual appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

BBC1 will also broadcast a special celebration on The Mall in St James Park taking place on Sunday June 12 to close the weekend of birthday celebrations.

The stretch of road will be transformed for its largest ever street party with 10,000 people gathered to celebrate The Queen’s patronage of more than 600 charities and organisations on the occasion of her 90th birthday for The Patron’s Lunch.

The one-off spectacle will be a classic British ‘street party’ where guests will enjoy a hamper-style lunch at tables positioned along the full length of The Mall, with entertainment and Union Jacks aplenty.

The Queen will be joined by other members of the Royal Family to celebrate the occasion. The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who are Joint Presidents of The Patron’s Lunch, are expected to attend.

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Phil Dolling, BBC head of events production, says: “We are thrilled to be broadcasting three days of events in June to mark Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday, it promises to be a fantastic weekend, climaxing with a huge street party in The Mall on the Sunday.  It is a very significant birthday for the Queen and BBC1 will be right at the heart of the celebrations.”