Queen's 90th birthday marked with star-studded extravaganza at Windsor Castle


Blackleaf
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Horses and their riders as well as military and police bands from around the world honoured the Queen's 90 years last night in a spectacular show in the grounds of Windsor castle.

The show, which was almost three hours long, was broadcast live on ITV1 and hosted by entertainers Ant and Dec.

The monarch was joined in the royal box by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, as well as a number of minor royals as the Queen's celebration was marked with majestic displays of famous horse troupes, both military and civilian, from across the globe and other performances featuring four-legged animals.

Military bands from across the Commonwealth performed but the New Zealand Army Band stole part of the show playing Vangelis' theme from the film Chariots Of Fire, which had the spectators laughing as two of the band ran in slow motion.

Canadian Mounties also performed as did the Band of the South Australia Police. The Royal Cavalry of Oman wowed the audience with a spectacular display of horsemanship.
The Top Secret Drum Corp from Switzerland performed.

Gary Barlow kicked off the entertainment with a belting performance of Something About This Night.

Famous actors narrated the historic moments from the Queen's life, starting with Downton Abbey star Jim Carter, who covered the monarch's childhood years and introduced his wife Imelda Staunton, who performed a song.

Dame Helen took the audience through the monarch's war years and how the nation fought against Nazi tyranny.

The actress went on to describe the young Queen's coronation on June 2 1953 and at the end of the sequence mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins gave a rousing rendition of I Vow To Thee My Country.

Queen's 90th birthday marked with star-studded extravaganza at Windsor Castle


By Press Association
16 May 2016
Daily Mail

The Queen arrives with Prince Philip

The Queen's life was celebrated with a spectacular equine-themed show featuring stars of stage and screen who performed in honour of her 90 years.

In the grounds of Windsor Castle - said to be the monarch's favourite home - the Queen's celebration was marked with majestic displays of famous horse troupes, both military and civilian, from across the globe and other performances featuring four-legged animals.

The monarch was joined in the royal box by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, as well as a number of minor royals.


The Queen is greeted by the Prince of Wales

Among the famous faces who performed in honour of the Queen were Kylie Minogue, Dame Helen Mirren and Dame Shirley Bassey, with Geordie duo Ant and Dec hosting the two-hour show, which was shown live on ITV.

The Queen celebrated her 90th birthday on April 21, and Charles, patron of the celebrations, wished his mother "the happiest of very special birthdays", writing in the official programme to mark the event, the culmination of the annual Windsor Horse Show.

Dec told the 6,000 spectators in the stands: "Her life has spanned 10 decades and historic milestones include one world war, two coronations, man landing on the moon, the dawn of the new millennium, two London Olympic Games and of course 287 Bush Tucker Trials."

Gary Barlow kicked off the entertainment with a belting performance of Something About This Night.


The Royal Cavalry of Oman at last night's show



British soldiers fly the flag


A Scotsman tosses the caber


Performers wave to assembled guests including Queen Elizabeth II (centre) during the televised celebration of her 90th birthday in the grounds of Windsor Castle in Berkshire


A horse rider flies the Union Flag


A rider from the Azerbaijan Dancers and Karabakh Riders team rears her horse on the banks of the River Thames


A rider from the Azerbaijan Dancers and Karabakh Riders team lies with his horse



Riders from the Azerbaijan Dancers and Karabakh Riders team, ride along the banks of the River Thames

Famous actors narrated the historic moments from the Queen's life, starting with Downton Abbey star Jim Carter, who covered the monarch's childhood years and introduced his wife Imelda Staunton, who performed a song.

Dame Helen took the audience through the monarch's war years and how the nation fought against Nazi tyranny.

The actress went on to describe the young Queen's coronation on June 2 1953 and at the end of the sequence mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins gave a rousing rendition of I Vow To Thee My Country.

All eyes were on the Queen, who wore a sea-green dress with a lace overlay and a matching jacket by her personal assistant and dresser Angela Kelly. On her shoulder she wore a turquoise diamond surround brooch.

One of the highlights of the night was a performance by Australian pop queen Kylie, who sang a version of her song I Believe In You.

As she performed, Jean-Francois Pignon, introduced as the horse whisperer of France, enthralled the spectators with his command of a group of horses including a Shetland pony.

A major part of the Queen's life has been her role as head of the Commonwealth - the 53-nation organisation know as the family of nations.

Actor Damian Lewis told the crowds the Queen's "commitment and dedication to it is immense".

Military bands from across the Commonwealth performed but the New Zealand Army Band stole this part of the show playing Vangelis' theme from the film Chariots Of Fire, which had the spectators laughing as two of the band ran in slow motion.

The finale saw all the acts - from countries as diverse as Azerbaijan and Fiji - assemble in the main arena for the closing moments when a birthday cake was brought before the crowds.

Dame Shirley Bassey sang the James Bond theme Diamonds Are Forever, before the Happy Birthday song was played, followed by the National Anthem.

Dec summed up the feelings of the crowds when he told the Queen: "Congratulations to you Ma'am on a remarkable milestone - 90 magnificent years - as a princess and a truly inspirational monarch."


The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrive in the Scottish State Coach for the televised celebration of the monarch's 90th birthday, at Windsor Castle


Ant and Dec hosted the star-studded event at Windsor Castle


The Queen watches her 90th birthday celebration in the grounds of Windsor Castle


The Prince of Wales greets the Queen before the show


Gary Barlow performs during the televised celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday


Dame Helen Mirren took the audience through the monarch's war years and how the nation fought against Nazi tyranny


The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke of Edinburgh cover their ears during a gun salute as (second left to right) the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge watch the birthday extravaganza


Pop princess Kylie Minogue takes to the stage


Katherine Jenkins also performed for the Queen


Andrea Bocelli sings to mark the Queen's birthday


The Princess Royal on horseback during the birthday celebration


Damian Lewis addresses the crowd


Prince Harry enjoys the show


A Jaguar F-Type car featured in the birthday celebration


Performers present the Queen with a giant cake


The Prince of Wales greets Dame Shirley Bassey


The Top Secret Drum Corp from Switzerland perform


Performers in front of the giant cake


A rider carries a large Union Flag during the celebration


The Queen is greeted by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall


The Earl of Wessex rides out with his daughter Lady Louise Windsor


Zara Tindall rides out during the televised celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday



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Walter
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God save the Queen. Long may she reign.
 
darkbeaver
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80% of Brits Say They'd Move to Russia To Take Up Putin's Offer Of Free Land

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Blackleaf
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I wouldn't mind living in a Yaranga in the vast Russian wilderness, moving about from place to place with a vast herd of horses and huskies living the life of a nomadic indigenous person of Russia, especially if the British people vote against Brexit.

And with Russians currently moving to Britain in their droves we'd have two entire countries doing a straight swap, with Russia becoming Britain and Britain becoming Russia.
 
MHz
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If she can ride a horse on X-mas how about coming out of a cannon for this event? Sitting and riding seems a bit tame when Putin is the opposition.

Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

I wouldn't mind living in a Yaranga in the vast Russian wilderness, moving about from place to place with a vast herd of horses and huskies living the life of a nomadic indigenous person of Russia, especially if the British people vote against Brexit.

And with Russians currently moving to Britain in their droves we'd have two entire countries doing a straight swap, with Russia becoming Britain and Britain becoming Russia.

Betty hurry, Japan is eyeing the eastern part as a place to start homesteading. BTW that is the only place open to homesteaders so don't expect an address in downtown Moscow. The good news is a new rail line is being put in to there is prime property available. Marry a Russian widow and you get 4x the area.
 
Blackleaf
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Japan is not planning on invading a nuclear-armed country, not if it doesn't want its people instantly vapourised again.
 
MHz
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#7
Please try to keep up with the news outside of your inbred country.
Intrepid Japanese Intrigued by Free Land Offer in Russia's Far East

Glad you can admit what NATO would face should they be foolish enough to invade Russia.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

Please try to keep up with the news outside of your inbred country.
Intrepid Japanese Intrigued by Free Land Offer in Russia's Far East

Glad you can admit what NATO would face should they be foolish enough to invade Russia.

Let the Yellow Peril have Russia's Far East. There's nothing there, just volcanoes and Stalin-era forced labour cities. The British will take the central bits - Siberia and whatnot - which is far more interesting.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Let the Yellow Peril have Russia's Far East. There's nothing there, just volcanoes and Stalin-era forced labour cities. The British will take the central bits - Siberia and whatnot - which is far more interesting.

You go ahead and do that using the method you thought Japan would use. That would sort of fuk NATO up in the Far-East wouldn't it.
 
Johnnny
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Was Lord Shaxx invited?