Queen's birthday: Guests brave rain at Queen's picnic lunch


Blackleaf
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Today's lunch on The Mall to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday has got underway - and, after several days of bright sunshine and hot temperatures, it is raining.

Heavy bursts of rain have not dampened the spirits of guests attending a picnic-hamper lunch - the last event of three days of celebrations to mark the Queen's official 90th birthday.

The Patron's Lunch is due to attract 10,000 guests, many of whom were given ponchos to wear as they queued to get into the site on The Mall in London.

A carnival parade was also due to begin at 12:00 BST.

Yesterday, the annual Trooping the Colour took place to mark the Queen's official birthday - with this year being a slightly more special occassion, being her 90th - and, after the ceremony, Princess Charlotte made her Buckingham Palace balcony debut. The princess and other members of the Royal Family waved to the thousands of well-wishers below as RAF planes took part in a flypast overhead. The Queen wore a bright green outfit.

Queen's birthday: Guests brave rain at Queen's picnic lunch


BBC News
12 June 2016


About 10,000 guests are expected for the lunch

Heavy bursts of rain have not dampened the spirits of guests attending a picnic-hamper lunch - the last event of three days of celebrations to mark the Queen's official 90th birthday.

The Patron's Lunch is due to attract 10,000 guests, many of whom were given ponchos to wear as they queued to get into the site on The Mall in London.

A carnival parade was also due to begin at 12:00 BST.

The event has been organised by the Queen's grandson Peter Phillips.

The open-air lunch and parade are being held to recognise the Queen's patronage of more than 600 organisations in the UK and around the Commonwealth.


Further showers during the day are likely, forecasters have said



Security for the event has been tight and people have had to walk through body scanners



Security has been tight, and guests, who have all paid 150 each to attend, will go through body scanners before taking a seat at the picnic tables, which have been set up along The Mall.

In nearby St James's Park, families have also been eating their own picnics in honour of the Queen.

The Pickles family, who took cover underneath some trees, told the BBC: "It's wet but this is exciting."

Another family, who had travelled to London from Nottingham, said: "We're having a fabulous time. We love the Queen, happy birthday."

'British spirit'


Princess Charlotte made her royal debut on the Buckingham Palace balcony yesterday, rounding off the Trooping the Colour celebrations


The young princess, pictured with her mother, father and older brother, gave a royal wave



River tribute: Royal barge Gloriana led a 40-strong flotilla down the Thames to mark the Queen's official birthday yesterday


Famous flyers: The Red Arrows, pictured, were among the planes performing stunts during the RAF fly-past over Buckingham Palace


Chopper: An RAF Chinook helicopter flies over London towards Buckingham Palace as part of the fly-past for the birthday celebration yesterday


Bird's-eye view: The full extent of the crowds turning out for the big day can be seen from high in the air above Buckingham Palace






Procession: Hundreds of mounted soldiers made their way back to the palace along The Mall after the completion of Trooping the Colour


Marching: A procession of the Household Division moved down The Mall back to Buckingham Palace after the ceremony


Masses: The troops were followed by a crowd of thousands who filled up The Mall in an effort to see the royals on the balcony


Festive greeting: After the ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, the Duchess of Cambridge, centre, led other Royals in watching the cavalry march past Buckingham Palace from the balcony

Back at the Patron's Lunch one of the guests was Anne Nutt, who is involved with the scouts and was at the event as Harlow District Scouts in Essex had won the Queen's Award for Voluntary Services last year.

Looking at the large puddles in The Mall, Ms Nutt said: "I think today is absolutely marvellous and it's when the British people show their true colours - the true British spirit.

"People have come out from their warm, dry homes for four or five hours in the pouring rain.

"But it's been nice to meet people from other charities and the large number of ex-servicemen that are here."

'Affectionate'

Ala Lloyd, who is the creative director of the carnival parade, said the eras of the Queen's reign through the decades would be symbolised by different sections of the parade.

"We've got a lovely Commonwealth theme in the 50s with a giant Royal Yacht Britannia, flower power in the 60s, animals and nature in the 70s and crazy neon business going on in the 80s, and embarrassing shorts," she said.

She said she was just trying to do something which was "affectionate and friendly".

While the main event takes place in London, smaller street parties are being held around the UK.

On Saturday, thousands of people turned out to watch the annual Trooping the Colour parade.

Dressed in a vivid lime green coat and matching hat, the Queen was escorted down The Mall in a horse-drawn carriage to the ceremony at Horse Guards Parade.

After the procession of more than 1,600 soldiers and 300 horses, she appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with members of her family, including Princess Charlotte, for an RAF fly past.

Picnic weather forecast


When tables and chairs were set up this morning the weather was clear

BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood reporting from The Mall in London said rain was expected later, despite a clear sunny morning.

She said: "We will see some rain on The Mall when the Patron's Lunch does start.

"Don't take your brolly here if you're coming to the Patron's Lunch, ponchos will be provided if it rains, and it looks very much that at some stage it's going to."

The rain was likely to be in short spells rather than a sustained shower, she added.

Queen's eye view: See the Trooping the Colour in 360 degrees
In pictures: The Queen's official 90th celebrations
The Queen and her 600 charities

Ninety-year-old Heather Gunner from Walton-on-Thames in Surrey, who will be among the guests attending the street party, spoke of her admiration for the monarch, remarking: "She's got a lot on her plate for her age."

Born in the same year as the Queen, she received a ticket to the festivities through the charity Friends of the Elderly.

"I have great admiration for the Queen. I really do," she said. "I think she's coped excellently."

'A relaxed affair'

By Peter Hunt, BBC royal correspondent



After the service at St Paul's on Friday and the pageantry of Trooping the Colour, the Patron's Lunch is being described as a more relaxed, informal affair.

It will be a unique event which will bring together senior royals, corporate sponsors and 10,000 picnickers seated at tables along The Mall's ceremonial route.

Many of the tickets were offered to charities with links to the monarch. The price of each ticket - 150.

The cost of entry has been criticised as has the fact the Patron's Lunch was not put out to tender and is being run by the Queen's grandson, Peter Phillips. His company will receive an undisclosed fee.

But Palace officials stress this is a costly, not-for-profit event which will help charities raise money and their profiles.

Given the nature of the British weather, the organisers will have on hand more than 500 litres of sun cream and more than 12,000 rain ponchos.

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Last edited by Blackleaf; Jun 12th, 2016 at 07:56 AM..
 
Tecumsehsbones
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They braved rain? Really? Wow, that's the spirit that won the Blitz! VCs for everyone!

 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

They braved rain? Really? Wow, that's the spirit that won the Blitz! VCs for everyone!

We're a hardy lot us Brits.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

We're a hardy lot us Brits.

Yeah, well, we're a Britty lot, us hards.
 
Blackleaf
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You'd never catch the average Frog or Brussel Sprout eating a picnic lunch in the rain. It'll never happen.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

You'd never catch the average Frog or Brussel Sprout eating a picnic lunch in the rain. It'll never happen.

I'm holding my fire here in honour of Her Majesty, so you get off easy.

Meanwhile, enjoy this picture of the Canadian Prime Minister's latest climate summit. . .


 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

I'm holding my fire here in honour of Her Majesty, so you get off easy.

Meanwhile, enjoy this picture of the Canadian Prime Minister's latest climate summit. . .



It's de rigeur nowadays for politicians to be pictured holding babies.
 
Blackleaf
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Queen's birthday: Guests brave rain at Queen's picnic lunch

BBC News
12 June 2016


About 10,000 guests are expected for the lunch

Rainy conditions have not dampened the spirits of guests at a picnic lunch in London - the last of the events for the Queen's official birthday.

Ponchos were handed to many of the 10,000 guests at the Patron's Lunch - who were also given a hamper of food.

Members of the Royal Family walked down The Mall greeting guests in a "walkabout" lasting 30 minutes.

The Queen gave a speech and thanked everyone for the birthday wishes she had received during the year.

She said: "To everyone here today and those holding street parties elsewhere I would like to say thank you for the wonderful support and encouragement that you continue to give to me.

"I hope these happy celebrations will remind us of the many benefits that can flow when people come together for a common purpose as families, friends or neighbours."

She ended with a joke: "How I will feel if people are still singing Happy Birthday in December remains to be seen."

Her grandson, the Duke of Cambridge, also gave a speech to the gathering crowds and said: "Thank you so much for showing that the great British public doesn't let a little rain spoil a good day out.

"It means so much to see everyone here today."

Following the open-air lunch and speeches, a carnival parade was held along The Mall.

The day's events - held to recognise the Queen's official 90th birthday and her patronage of more than 600 organisations in the UK and around the Commonwealth - were organised by the Queen's eldest grandson, Peter Phillips.


The Queen's speech was shown on a big screen in nearby St James's Park


The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were driven down The Mall in an open-top car


Prince Harry posed for dozens of photographs with the crowd - his pose with this rain-soaked guest prompted a huge "aah" from the crowd when it appeared on the big screen


The Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine was among the first royals to meet guests


Further showers during the day are likely, forecasters have said


The Queen was also seen checking out what the weather was like before venturing outside Buckingham Palace


Security for the event has been tight and people have had to walk through body scanners


Guests who each paid 150 to attend lined up to collect their hamper of food and drink


The sun began to shine in the afternoon an the rain cleared for the Queen's outing along The Mall

Security has been tight, and guests, who have all paid 150 each to attend, went through body scanners before taking a seat at the picnic tables, which were set up along The Mall.

In nearby St James's Park, families have also been eating their own picnics in honour of the Queen.

The Pickles family, who took cover underneath some trees, told the BBC: "It's wet but this is exciting."

Another family, who had travelled to London from Nottingham, said: "We're having a fabulous time. We love the Queen, happy birthday."

'British spirit'

Back at the Patron's Lunch one of the guests was Anne Nutt, who is involved with the scouts and was at the event as Harlow District Scouts in Essex had won the Queen's Award for Voluntary Services last year.

Looking at the large puddles in The Mall, Ms Nutt said: "I think today is absolutely marvellous and it's when the British people show their true colours - the true British spirit.

"People have come out from their warm, dry homes for four or five hours in the pouring rain.

"But it's been nice to meet people from other charities and the large number of ex-servicemen that are here."


Different sections of the parade were designed to represent the different decades of the Queen's reign, such as the flower power of the 1960s


The royals watched the parade from their royal box

Ala Lloyd, the creative director of the carnival parade, said beforehand that the eras of the Queen's reign through the decades would be symbolised by different sections of the parade.

"We've got a lovely Commonwealth theme in the 50s with a giant Royal Yacht Britannia, flower power in the 60s, animals and nature in the 70s and crazy neon business going on in the 80s, and embarrassing shorts," she said.

She said she was just trying to do something which was "affectionate and friendly".

While the main event takes place in London, smaller street parties are being held around the UK.

On Saturday, thousands of people turned out to watch the annual Trooping the Colour parade.

Dressed in a vivid lime green coat and matching hat, the Queen was escorted down The Mall in a horse-drawn carriage to the ceremony at Horse Guards Parade.

After the procession of more than 1,600 soldiers and 300 horses, she appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with members of her family, including Princess Charlotte, for an RAF fly past.

Ninety-year-old Heather Gunner from Walton-on-Thames in Surrey, who will be among the guests attending the street party, spoke of her admiration for the monarch, remarking: "She's got a lot on her plate for her age."

Born in the same year as the Queen, she received a ticket to the festivities through the charity Friends of the Elderly.

"I have great admiration for the Queen. I really do," she said. "I think she's coped excellently."


Queen's birthday: Guests brave rain at Queen's picnic lunch - BBC News


All smiles: Anita Mead (left) and Lisa Kilby (right) from Maidstone, Kent, accessorise their ponchos with British-theme hats as they enjoy their lunch hamper


Patience: The crowd waited with baited breath before the Queen, pictured with Prince Philip, took to the stage to speak to her adoring people


Proud family: Prince William, right with Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge, thanked his grandmother, left, for 'everything she had done for the family'


Landmark: A huge sculpture of the number 90 was wheeled along The Mall as part of the monarch's birthday parade


Tradition: People are also watching the event in Green Park, pictured, and are getting into the spirit of things with a very British picnic


Dress-up: Enthusiastic fans of the Queen have dressed up in Britsh-themed costumes, including one man in a Union Jack suit, pictured


Spirit: There is no dampening of the mood however, with Union Jack ponchos, pictured, helping revellers stay positive


Typical British summer: Traditional seasonal favourites such as strawberries and cream and deck chairs have been let down by the weather


Posh drink: A woman wearing a queen-themed cardigan pours herself a cup of tea from a crown-shaped teapot, pictured


Picnic: Guests at the 150-per-head event have all received a Marks and Spencer hamper of food including a can of Pimm's, pictured

Read more: Will it rain on Ma'am's parade? Palace has ponchos (and Pimms) at the ready as well as sun block to help cope with the Great British weather during the Queen's birthday lunch | Daily Mail Online