Cel­e­brate Queen’s birth­day in style!

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

The Queen was 90 years old on April 21 and has been on the throne for 64 of those years. She is the long­est-reign­ing monarch in Bri­tish his­tory, served by 12 Prime Min­is­ters, in­clud­ing one (David Cameron) who was born af­ter she came to the throne! For the ma­jor­ity of us, there has been no other monarch. As this year con­firms, the weather in April can be un­pre­dictable. The cel­e­bra­tions of Her Majesty’s 90th birth­day were there­fore de­layed un­til the week­end of her of­fi­cial birth­day, June 10-12.

The pro­gramme will in­clude a Ser­vice of Thanks­giv­ing in St Paul’s Cathe­dral on Fri­day, June 10, which is also The Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s 95th birth­day.

On Satur­day, The Queen will take the salute at her birth­day pa­rade in Lon­don.

The Pa­tron’s Lunch will take place in The Mall and in St James’s Park on Sun­day. Among the 10,000 peo­ple at­tend­ing, The Queen has in­vited 600 vol­un­teers from or­gan­i­sa­tions which have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Vol­un­tary Ser­vice (QAVS). The eight lucky peo­ple from Kent will be from Demelza Hospice Care for Chil­dren, Wealden Sail­abil­ity, The Young Lives Foun­da­tion and Rain­ham Be­reave­ment Friend­ship Group.

In line with The Queen’s wishes, Kent will be hold­ing street and vil­lage par­ties and I hope as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble will join in. In my lo­cal vil­lage, the tick­ets sold out in two days! The pur­pose of our par­ties in Kent is to bring our com­mu­ni­ties to­gether and cel­e­brate with Her Majesty and drink to her health, while wish­ing her ev­ery hap­pi­ness. I should like to thank the many peo­ple who have or­gan­ised lunches for all their hard work, in­clud­ing lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, par­ish coun­cils, lo­cal com­mit­tees and my Deputy Lieu­tenants.

Kent has a proud tra­di­tion of co­he­sive­ness within our neigh­bour­hoods, in good times and bad. On June 12, let us pray for good weather so we can cel­e­brate The Queen’s Birth­day in style. God Save The Queen!

Lord-Lieu­tenant of Kent Vis­count De L’Isle

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