Patron of the British Red Cross
A new portrait of The Queen has been unveiled today by Her Majesty in a ceremony at Windsor Castle to celebrate six decades’ as Patron of the British Red Cross
It was painted by the artist Henry Ward and is the first time The Queen has been depicted in a portrait as the patron of the charity, which supports people in crisis in the UK and overseas.
Queen Victoria became the first Royal Patron of the charity in 1870 and The Queen assumed her role following her accession to the throne in 1952.
Thank you for birthday wishes
I am most grateful for the many digital messages of goodwill I have received and I would like to thank you all for your kindness. Elizabeth R.
The Queen sends a personal tweet to thank everyone who sent birthday wishes and shared in her 90th birthday celebrations online and on social media.
The President of United States visit Kensington Palace
This evening The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry hosted the President and First Lady of United States for dinner at Kensington Palace – before dinner Prince George had the opportunity to meet the President and First Lady…
The Queen’s Birthday 21st April 2016
Thank you for the wonderful reception for The Queen in Windsor for her 90th birthday today!
The streets of Windsor were packed with members of the public hoping to catch a glimpse of The Queen on her big birthday.
Her Majesty was greeted by several rounds of ‚Happy Birthday’ as she made her way around the historic town; one of which came as she cut her Birthday cake!
Official celebrations to mark Sovereigns’ birthday have often been held on a day other than the actual birthday, particularly when the actual birthday has not been in the summer. King Edward VII, for example, was born on 9 November, but his official birthday was marked throughout his reign in May or June when there was a greater likelihood of good weather for the Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour.
The Queen usually spends her actual birthday privately, but the occasion is marked publicly by gun salutes in central London at midday: a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park, a 21 gun salute in Windsor Great Park and a 62 gun salute at the Tower of London. In 2006, Her Majesty celebrated her 80th Birthday in 2006 with a walkabout in the streets outside of Windsor Castle to meet well-wishers.
On her official birthday, Her Majesty is joined by other members of the Royal Family at the spectacular Trooping the Colour parade which moves between Buckingham Palace, The Mall and Horseguards’ Parade as well as a public appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Next week, on Thursday 21st April, Her Majesty The Queen will celebrate her 90th birthday. The Queen, and members of her family, will mark in the occasion in Windsor.
On 20 April The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will mark the 500th Anniversary of the Postal Service at The Royal Mail Windsor delivery office before officially opening the new bandstand at Alexandra Gardens.
On 21 April The Queen will open The Queen’s Walkway and undertake a walkabout in Windsor, before lighting a beacon to mark her landmark birthday.
Visit in India
Day One of Royal Visit India is complete and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have received a fantastic welcome in Mumbai.
Their day began at the Taj Palace hotel, where they laid a wreath at the Memorial for the victims of the 2008 terrorist attack that took place here.
The Duke and Duchess then went to the Oval Maiden and joined children being helped by three fantastic charities – Magic Bus, Childline, and Doorstep – for a game of cricket.
They then visited Banganga Water Tank and found out how SMILE, a local NGO, is helping this community develop local businesses.
Finally The Duke and Duchess joined the stars of Bollywood for a charity gala hosted by The British High Commission and The British Asian Trust.
Team Rubicon UK
Prince Harry joined Team Rubicon UK volunteers in Nepal to help the people of a remote village whose community had been destroyed by the 2015 earthquake.
Prince Harry stayed in the country to work on the reconstruction project at the end of his recent official tour. Team Rubicon helped villagers with the ongoing temporary rebuild of their school, so the children can have adequate education facilities before the monsoon season arrives.
The charity uses the skills and expertise of military veterans to support local communities in the aftermath of natural disasters. It also gives veterans an opportunity to serve again and, in some cases,
a way to adjust to the challenges of civilian life.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh depart St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, after today’s Royal Maundy service.
The Maundy Thursday service took place at St George’s for only the second time in The Queen’s reign, having also previously been held there in 1278 and 1423.
The Royal Maundy Service used to take place in London, but early in her reign The Queen decided that the service should take place at a different venue every year.