On Thursday 21st April the Queen will turn 90. Whilst her official birthday won't be celebrated until the 11th June, there are plenty of events going on in April and May to mark the occasion and get you in the Royal spirit of things.
On 21st April itself the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will unveil a plaque marking the start of a four-mile Queen's Walkway at the foot of Castle Hill in Windsor. But it doesn't stop there; after a walkabout in the town the Queen will light the first beacon in a chain of 1,000 across the country and worldwide to celebrate her birthday.
From May 12th to 15th there will be an 90 minute event involving an epic 900 horses and 1,500 riders every evening with the Queen attending the final show. On June 10th there will be a service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, and on June 11th will be the Trooping of the Colour - the official celebration of the Queen's birthday. You can find out more about each of these events on the Royal Family's website.
All these festivities are a great reason to celebrate your Britishness and indulge in some Queenie souvenirs. We've picked out our favourites.
This robust, malty and full-bodied morning tea takes as its heart Kenya; where the Queen was staying when she ascended the
throne in 1952 and Rwandan tea, renowned for its refreshing qualities,
with the malty depth of historic Assam. £15 from Fortnum & Mason.
This limited edition Ling Heather honey is made from bees in the Royal Parks and is strong and delicate,
with smoky, toffee-like flavours that strengthens with age. £20 Fortnum & Mason.
For the traditionalists out there this mug from the Royal Collection Trust is a must have. It features 22 karat burnished gold detailing and is finished with the iconic Royal crest. £25 at Harrods.
This limited edition Harrod's street party rectangle cushion cover (40 x
32cm) is crafted in luxurious pure cotton twill and adorned with a
street party print that features the famous store front, bunting and the
Queen's guards. £19.95 at Harrods.
Emma Bridgewater, who claimed the Outstanding Contribution to British Design at Homes & Garden's 2016 Designer Awards, has created this jubilant mug. The earthenware mug comes inside a specially marked gift box and is priced at £19.95. Available at John Lewis.
You can never have too many tea towels and this fab Queen's 90th birthday tribute would be a welcome addition in any Royal loving household. £9 at Milly Green.
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Ginevra Benedetti has been the Deputy Editor of Ideal Home magazine since 2021. With a career in magazines spanning nearly twenty years, she has worked for the majority of the UK’s interiors magazines, both as staff and as a freelancer. She first joined the Ideal Home team in 2011, initially as the Deputy Decorating Editor and has never left! She currently oversees the publication of the brand’s magazine each month, from planning through to publication, editing, writing or commissioning the majority of the content.
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