Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations
New Zealand will be the first country in the world to celebrate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. Saint Peter’s Anglican Church in Terrace End is holding a special service on Thursday afternoon, April 21, to mark the Queen’s actual birthday.
Service organising committee member Don Jones says because of New Zealand’s time zone, locals will be among the first loyal subjects in the world to wish Her Majesty ‘‘Happy Birthday’’.
‘‘The Queen was born in England at 2.45am, about the time as we are holding our service.’’
As the Queen, Britain’s oldest and longest serving monarch, is the titular head of the Church of England, Don says it is appropriate that the service takes place in an Anglican church. However, the 2pm service is open to members of all other churches and to the general public.
‘‘The early afternoon time is to allow the city’s many elderly folk to attend.’’
As well as special prayers and an eulogy on the Queen’s 90 years, the service will include the patriotic hymns Jerusalem, I Vow to Thee My Country, Land of Hope & Glory and, naturally, God Save the Queen.
Light refreshments will be available.