900 horses for Queen’s 90th birthday ‘do’ next year

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The Queen arrives at ‘The Diamond Jubilee Pageant’ held at Windsor Castle in 2012, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh and received by Sir Mike Rake.
The Queen arrives at ‘The Diamond Jubilee Pageant’ held at Windsor Castle in 2012, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh and received by Sir Mike Rake.

More than 900 horses will attend the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration next May, with 25,000 tickets expected to sell-out in record time.

The tickets to the very special birthday party went on sale at 9am this morning (GMT).

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration event will take place over four nights from May 12 to 15, 2016 in Home Park Private, Windsor Castle with members of the Royal Family attending each night, including the Queen who will attend on the final night of Sunday, May 15. The Celebration is a not-for-profit event and aims to create a significant surplus that will be donated to charities.

Queen Elizabeth II at Royal Ascot this week.
Queen Elizabeth II at Royal Ascot in 2013, when her filly Estimate won the Ascot Gold Cup.

On all four nights more than 900 horses and 1500 participants from around the world will descend on the private grounds of Home Park Private, Windsor Castle. From The Queen’s birth in 1926, through World War II, to The Queen’s Coronation in 1953 and a reign spanning more than 60 years, the story will take spectators through a remarkable life.

A theatrical kaleidoscope of international acts and British icons have already confirmed their attendance, including The Oman Royal Cavalry, Chilean Huasos, New Zealand Army Band, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Azerbaijan Cossack Riders, State Carriages from The Royal Mews, South Australian Police Band, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, The Fijian Army Dancers and Band, 100 Military and Commonwealth Pipers and The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

There will also be references to the Queen’s animals including her horses and ponies, her dogs and even her racing pigeons.

On Sunday night the celebration will be broadcast live on ITV in a two-hour programme and on this evening the best of British talent from the entertainment industry will join in the celebration.

The Queen with a foal at Sandringham in 1964.
The Queen with a foal at Sandringham in 1964. © Camera Press

There are also plans to hold a pre-performance party on The Long Walk on the final evening. Some 5000 free tickets will be made available through a ballot to be held early in 2016. Crowds will be able to get the party started on the beautiful lawns leading up to Windsor Castle and highlights include seeing celebrities arriving on the red carpet, being treated to performances from some of the displays performing in the show, and watching the Final performance live on giant pop-up screens with the stunning backdrop of Windsor Castle.

Celebration Producer and Director Simon Brooks-Ward said his team had worked hard to make it a unique birthday celebration. “We’re especially delighted with our plans to offer an extra 5,000 people the chance to be part of the celebrations through our balloted system for tickets on The Long Walk. This will take place in the New Year.“

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration

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