Tomorrow marks our Patron, Her Majesty the Queen’s official 90th birthday. Since 1921 we have enjoyed and benefitted from the patronage of the Royal Family. We are very proud that, today, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is our Patron.
The Royal family have always had a special relationship with music and Queen Elizabeth II is no exception. Having attended our annual St. Cecilia's Festival in both 1952 (pictured on the left) and 1969 (pictured below), she has continued to support the charities work throughout the years, for which we are very thankful.
This close connection with music was highlighted on Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee in 2002; the Prom at the Palace, celebrating classical music took place in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, it was the largest ever event held on the royal property. The crowds were entertained by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Chorus, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.
Another musical event to celebrate the Queens Golden Jubilee was the nationwide BBC Music Live Festival, in which more than 200 towns and cities across the UK publicly played the Beatles song "All You Need Is Love". Buckingham Palace itself was named as a "significant British jazz location" in 2009 and given a Kind of Blue plaque – it was the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis's Kind of Blue album – in recognition of being the venue that hosted the first jazz performance before a head of state in 1919.
To mark Queen Elizabeth II 90th birthday, several celebratory events are taking place across the country this weekend. Earlier this year in May visitors were invited to the private grounds of Windsor Castle to enjoy a spectacular programme of music, song, and dance. Kylie Minogue, Gary Barlow and Katherine Jenkins were just some of the stars performing on the night.
On Sunday, 12 June, 10 friends and staff of HMUK will be attending the Patron’s Lunch Street Party. This will be held on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace, which will be turned into a huge street party with a picnic and street performances for 10,000 guests.
We also are holding a special tea party in the HMUK offices this afternoon to congratulate Her Majesty on this milestone, and to thank her Patronage to the charity. We have invited local Volunteer Visitors and Trustees of the charity to help us celebrate in style.