Happy Birthday! Three Top Picks to Celebrate the Royal Birthday in Style
It’s The Queen’s 90th birthday this year and, although she’s already celebrated the day she was actually born, she has a second celebration – for The Queen’s official birthday, which happens every year and is always marked with a traditional military parade known as Trooping the Colour. She travels by carriage from Buckingham Palace to inspect her personal troops in Horse Guards Parade at 10am before returning to the palace to appear on the balcony at 1pm for a fly-past.
It’s a spectacular event every year, but of course, a 90th birthday is something quite special, whether you are a Queen or not. So, there are lots of opportunities to join the party and celebrate the life of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Mall outside Buckingham Palace will be turned into a huge street party on the 12th with a picnic and street performances for 10,000 guests. Most tickets have gone to organisations of which the Queen is the patron. But there will also be big screens in St James’ Park and Green Park on the day. And there are street parties all around the UK.
If you don’t have an invitation anywhere and want to celebrate in style I’ve got a few suggestions for you. There are a number of celebratory afternoon teas on offer in London. One or two of the hotels are even offering a special party;
The Corinthia are offering a 1920s themed Jazz Sunday Brunch on 12th July in the Northall Restaurant, with a live jazz band, free flowing champagne and a selection of wonderful dishes. I went along for a preview of what will be on offer on The Queen’s real birthday – the menu includes classics like Prawn Cocktail Marie Rose, Scotch Egg, Smoked Beef Wellington and Blueberry and Violet Cheesecake with Lemon Jelly. Priced at £110 per person, you can book it via their website.
The specially themed royal afternoon tea that I reviewed (indoors) at St Ermin’s Hotel will be the basis for a celebratory courtyard party on 12th July. Why not join in the celebrations …it’s quite a bargain at £35 for adults or £15 for children and I can thoroughly recommend the cakes!
And, the Langham Hotel have just launched their Royal-Tea, which will run until the end of June. With cakes created by Cherish Finden (Bake Off: Crème de la Crème), you’ll be able to indulge in your own Royal Horse-drawn Carriage (a mango and passionfruit mousse with a sugar paste horse and Crowned Union Jack – a classic Scottish shortbread sandwiched with Cornish sea salt caramel and adorned with a Royal chocolate crown, the Union Jack and regal colours. A Champagne Royal Tea afternoon tea in the Palm Court at The Langham is priced at £62 per person.
There are plenty more ways to celebrate – and isn’t it a great excuse for a Party!