In this issue of The Lady : George II was born in November, a time of the
year when a celebratory parade would almost
certainly be a chilly affair. And so, in 1748,
he decided to celebrate his birthday publicly
in conjunction with the spring Trooping the
Colour parade, when the weather would, hopefully, be fine. The
tradition has endured, and this year the Queen’s 90th birthday
will officially be celebrated this Saturday, 11 June, with a
cornucopia of displays and events.
Whether you are raising a glass
to Her Majesty at a street party or
watching the celebrations in the
comfort of your own home, we have
a royal cornucopia of our own to keep the festive spirit alive
in ‘down time’, starting with an interview with veteran royal
reporter Jennie Bond. We also sent our own royal reporter,
Melonie Clarke, to Hampton Court Palace to join the ladies
of the Royal School of Needlework in making an embroidered
brooch for the Queen. Other royal treats include a fascinating
essay by our etiquette expert, Thomas Blaikie, about
Her Majesty’s crowns, the sheer weight of which would make
many a lesser mortal keel over.
When the last cork has popped and the final crumb of cake
has been brushed from the lips, why not stave off those postcelebration
blues by perusing our excellent reviews section or
tucking into one of our brain-teasing puzzles…
Wishing Her Majesty – and all our readers – a glorious week,
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