The biggest set-piece event of 2016 will be the Queen’s 90th birthday, which will be celebrated across Britain and the Commonwealth with street parties, church services and one of the world’s biggest horse shows.
Having insisted she did not want a “fuss” when she became our longest-reigning monarch in September 2015, the Queen has agreed to the birthday celebrations, which will also be the official recognition of her place in the record books.
The Queen’s birthday falls on April 21, but the first big party will come in May, with a horse show at Windsor featuring 900 horses from all over the world, celebrating the Queen’s lifelong passion for equine pursuits. It will run from May 12-15.
The following month comes a three-day celebration beginning with a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 10, which also happens to be the Duke of Edinburgh’s 95th birthday.
The traditional Trooping the Colour parade will take place on June 11, then on June 12 the Queen will attend the Patron’s Lunch, one of the biggest street parties the country has ever seen, as she is joined on The Mall by representatives of the more than 600 charities of which she is Patron.