Celebrating Ma’am’s 90th – in Ca’amden

Hot on the regal footman’s coattails of our blog on how to celebrate the Queen’s 90th with a street party in Wandsworth, we’re looking at what you might do if you’re in Camden. And whilst the Queen actually celebrated her big day on April 21st, official events are taking place in the UK from May 12th, culminating with Trooping the Colour (the official Birthday celebration) on June 11th.

There’s nothing we like more than a big event to show our support for our Monarch. So we’ve gone on a bit of a trawl to find out just what you can do to have fun and raise a glass to her Majesty, who at 90 is still working and putting people less than half her age to shame…

Camden Council’s decision to adorn the BT tower to look like a giant flaming beacon in celebration of the Queen’s 90th Birthday received mixed reviews – with some residents concerned that the flames were real and there may have been some kind of attack. We say 10/10 for effort, it’s easy to pooh-pooh these things, but at least they tried. But there are some other ways to celebrate this big birthday if you fancy letting your hair down to say thank you ma’am.

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration – Windsor

Hosted by Ant & Dec, and to be broadcast live on ITV, the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebration will be an extravaganza celebrating her life through her first love – horses. Telling the story of her life, it’s part of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which takes place annually in the private grounds of Windsor Castle and the best of Britain’s equestrian talent, will take to the arena to be broadcast live.

Stay in to watch with cucumber sandwiches and a cream tea – or we’re sure plenty of pubs and venues will be putting the telly on – if you want to get out and enjoy the celebration locally.  If you want to attend, tickets for the Windsor Horse Show are still available through the website. The first Wednesday (before the Queen’s 90th celebration – but likely a rehearsal are Free. Find out more on the official website. 

Clean for the Queen

If you’re thinking Camden is looking a bit scruffy, with too much litter around the place, you could get involved in Clean for the Queen. It’s a voluntary initiative to get communities out on litter picks, tidying up their local areas in time for the culmination of birthday celebrations at Trooping the Colour in June.

Litter is an unnecessary eyesore. It’s just down to lazy people who can’t be bothered to dispose of it correctly.  When the Queen came to the throne packaging was quite different. You took glass bottles back to the store for recycling and got a little money back on them. Plastics weren’t in widespread use, so most packaging was biodegradable.

Whist the official dates for the clean were March 3rd, 4th & 5th, it’s still something you could get out and do as part of your May celebrations. It’s a really great way to bring your community or school together – and you could combine it with a street party reward later in the day (see our Wandsworth guide for more info on that or get the details to contact Camden here)

Community Events In and around the Borough

There are three dedicated events taking place around the Borough on June 12th to celebrate the Queen’s 90th:

  • St Mary’s With All Souls Community Hall and St Mary’s with All Souls Vicarage Garden, NW6
  • Gondar & Agamemnon Residents Association Big Lunch 2016
  • Queens 90th Birthday on Lamb’s Conduit Street

For full details see Camden Council’s list of Community Festivals.

However you choose to celebrate, we hope you have a fun and exciting time.