Queen’s 90th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

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.

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