Our Patron celebrated at afternoon tea on the Mall

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Yesterday afternoon we joined 10,000 keen enthusiasts on London’s The Mall to celebrate the 90th birthday and patronage of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Despite the rainy conditions, the spirits of the crowd were not dampened as The Mall transformed into a picnic lunch that saw the last of the events for the Queen’s birthday.

Guests received M&S picnic hampers, kept dry from the English weather with ponchos and had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family as they proceeded down the Mall.

As one of the charities to be honoured with Her Majesty’s patronage, Help Musicians UK was pleased to have a table to celebrate our commitment to the Queen. Guests included our Deputy Chairman Rev Ronal Corp OBE, Trustee Martin Campbell-White and HMUK Talent Programme alumni Nicky Spence and Mary Bevan.

Events Officer Sarah Wainman said: "As a charity who has been honoured to receive Her Majesty’s patronage from the very start of her reign, we were delighted to attend the celebrations along with all the charities and organisations which share her patronage. There was such a strong sense of community on the day – despite the weather!

We attended with a group of individuals close to the charity who honour our history to reflect the continued commitment of Her Majesty, from past directors, future trustees, longstanding volunteers and beneficiaries. It was a wonderful, unique occasion and it was a privilege to be involved. Thank you to all our guests for coming along."

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Scottish tenor and HMUK alumni Nicky Spence said: "It was such an honour to join the HMUK team to celebrate the charity's patron on the Mall. The drizzle didn't dampen our spirits and it was a pleasure to meet other charities who have been helped by the Queen's patronage."

The Patron’s Lunch complemented a special afternoon tea party we held on Friday in our offices, which saw Volunteer Visitors and Trustees come together to celebrate the patronage and birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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