A Street Party for the Queen's 90th Birthday

The Role of Music in Cultural Diplomacy

April 26th, 2016

The Monarchy has always been very admired by the British people, so that each important event in the life of a member of the British Royal Family becomes an occasion to celebrate. Therefore, why not to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday?

Communities Minister Marcus Jones the 21st of April invited the people across the nation to get together with their neighbours and celebrate all that’s great about their local areas and the country, by hosting street parties to mark the Queen’s official birthday over the weekend of 10 to 12 June. The minister revealed that up to 10 million people from Cornwall to Cumbria are expected to join in the celebrations, with a street party on the Mall in London called The Patron’s Lunch, a service of thanks giving at St. Paul’s Cathedral, together with the traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony. The Mall of London will be transformed into a street party, with 10,000 guests eating a pic-nick lunch and being entertained by street performers and circus acts. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will take part in the event from a special built platform on the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace.

To help the nation celebration, the government has revised its street party guidance, busting popular myths on the red-tape challenges needed to be overcome by providing a handy check list for what is really needed and offering practical advice to anyone planning their own street party. This includes a simple form people can use to let their local council know about their plans and information on how to apply for a road closure as well as information on playing music, insurance and fundraising.

The aim of the event is to create an opportunity for communities to come together, celebrating the Queen’s patronage of several charities and organizations. For the occasion, the government has also extended opening hours for British Pubs, which are in the heart of communities and provide venues for local people to come together and throw parties fit for the Queen.

This year’s Big Lunch on the 12 June is also supporting The Patron’s Lunch in inspiring street parties across the country. People can register their street parties and download a pack that contains invites, posters, recipe cards, leaflets and more to help get started. It Is possible to participate to the event buying the tickets but it is also possible to be part of the event watching it on giant screens in St James’s Park and Green Park.

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Valentina Mazzone, CD News