Queen’s nine decades cel­e­brated

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Ninety not out is pretty good go­ing in any­one’s lingo. A spe­cial mid-af­ter­noon church ser­vice at St Peter’s Angli­can Church in Ter­race End to cel­e­brate the 90th of Queen El­iz­a­beth II, drew more than 100 peo­ple.

Con­ducted by vicar Anne Chrisp, the April 21 ser­vice hon­oured Her Majesty’s 90 years of ser­vice to the Com­mon­wealth and to the Church of Eng­land, of which she is the tit­u­lar head.

A fel­low nona­ge­nar­ian, John Shel­drake pre­sented an over­view of sig­nif­i­cant events dur­ing a reign that be­gan fol­low­ing the death of El­iz­a­beth’s fa­ther Ge­orge VI in 1953.

Or­gan­ist Robert Cleaver ac­com­pa­nied English hymns, and the church bell rang out nine times. Anne’s homily ex­plained that the 90th birthday em­blem cho­sen by the royal fam­ily and adorn­ing the ser­vice sheet had been de­signed by a 10-year-old boy.

The vicar also in­cluded sev­eral po­ems writ­ten spe­cially for the 90th by chil­dren. One in­vited the Queen to tea, on Mars, via rocket ship – an in­vi­ta­tion the Queen gra­ciously ac­cepted. An­other about the Queen’s hats con­tained the lines ‘‘I’m more than just a hat stand and a pretty face’’.

Anne says she was de­lighted by the turn-out which ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions.

Bev­er­ley O’Sul­li­van waves the Union Jack as the St Peter’s con­gre­ga­tion sing dur­ing the 90th birthday cel­e­bra­tions for Queen El­iz­a­beth II.

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