PHOTO CAPTION: Her Majesty The Queen arrives at ‘The Diamond Jubilee Pageant’ held at Windsor Castle in 2012, accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and received by Sir Mike Rake.
Just 25,000 highly sought-after tickets to a very special birthday party went on sale at 9am this morning [Tuesday 24 November] and are expected to sell-out in record time.
The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration event will take place over four nights from 12th – 15th May 2016 in Home Park Private, Windsor Castle with Members of The Royal Family attending each night, including The Queen who will attend on the final night of Sunday 15th May. The Celebration is a not-for-profit event and aims to create a significant surplus that will be donated to charities.
On all four nights over 900 horses and 1,500 participants from around the world will descend on the private grounds of Home Park Private, Windsor Castle. From The Queen’s birth in 1926, through World War Two, to The Queen’s Coronation in 1953 and a reign spanning more than 60 years, the story will take us through a remarkable life.
As well as a theatrical kaleidoscope of international acts and British icons already confirmed, including The Oman Royal Cavalry, Chilean Huasos, New Zealand Army Band, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Azerbaijan Cossack Riders, State Carriages from The Royal Mews, South Australian Police Band, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, The Fijian Army Dancers and Band, 100 Military and Commonwealth Pipers and The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, there will also be references to The Queen’s animals including her horses and ponies, her dogs and even Her Majesty’s racing pigeons.
On Sunday night the Celebration will be broadcast live on ITV in a two hour programme and on this evening the best of British talent from the entertainment industry will join in the Celebration.
For those not lucky enough to secure a ticket to one of the four evening shows, there are plans to hold a pre-performance party on The Long Walk on the final evening. 5,000 free tickets will be made available through a ballot to be held early in 2016. Crowds will be able to get the party started on the beautiful lawns leading up to Windsor Castle and highlights include:
• The chance to see celebrities arriving on the red carpet
• Being treated to performances from some of the displays performing in the show
• Watching the Final performance live on giant pop-up screens with the stunning backdrop of Windsor Castle
Simon Brooks-Ward, the Celebration’s Producer & Director, said: “We’ve been working hard to make this a most unique Birthday Celebration. We’re especially delighted with our plans to offer an extra 5,000 people the chance to be part of the celebrations through our balloted system for tickets on The Long Walk. This will take place in the New Year.“