Queen’s nine decades celebrated
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.