Queen To Mark Her Official 90th Birthday With Trooping The Colour

Henrietta Brewer
June 13, 2016

PRINCE Harry has said his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II deserves to "put her feet up" to mark her 90th birthday.

Three cheers rang out across The Mall for the Queen after she marked her 90th birthday with the traditional pomp and pageantry of the Trooping the Colour ceremony.

The procession also included the Prince of Wales, Colonel of the Welsh Guards, Princess Royal, Colonel of the Blues and Royals, and the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards. The monarch attended the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony in style - an event she has taken part in every year of her reign, except in 1955 when it was cancelled due to a national rail strike. The royals make their way down the Mall to Horse Guards Parade, accompanied by more than 1,400 soldiers and 200 horses.

It was the queen's unusually bold dress and hat combination in a green so bright as to be nearly fluorescent which caught the eye of many.

Among them was Britain's Got Talent victor and Household Cavalry bandsman Richard Jones whose skill as a magician saw him triumph in the popular show.

Mr. Anckorn was a prisoner of war and forced to work on the Burma Railway and the infamous bridge on the River Kwai.

In honour of the royal birthday, pubs can stay open for an extra two hours on Saturday night to give drinkers more time to celebrate the Queen's milestone.

"I much appreciate the kindness of all your birthday wishes and have been delighted and moved by the many cards and messages I have received", she added, before suggesting she was ready to move on from the months of birthday celebrations.

This year the Colour of 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards are being trooped.

On Saturday, she took the salute at the Trooping the Colour military parade which drew a crowd of thousands, with her vivid green outfit causing a sensation.

The event was expected to draw throngs of Britons and visitors to Buckingham Palace for a possible balcony appearance by the senior royals.

Her dedication to the nation was praised by the Archbishop of Canterbury at the service which kickstarts a weekend of celebrations.

On Sunday, 10,000 people will join her at The Patron's Lunch on The Mall and street parties will be held up and down the country.

"The Queen at 90 is the one Head of State that world leaders can turn to for a first-hand perspective of the arc of history over the last six decades".

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