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Street Parties to mark Queen’s 90th Birthday

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Queen Elizabeth II arriving at St Paul's

More than 10,000 people will join the street parties in the UK and Commonwealth mark the 90th official birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II reports Asian Lite News

Queen Elizabeth II arriving at St Paul's
Queen Elizabeth II arriving at St Paul’s

Britain and Commonwealth are gearing up to mark the 90th official birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with street parties on Sunday. This will be final event of the three-day celebration commenced on Friday at St Paul’s. Over 10,000 people are expected to join the festivities on Sunday.

The Patron’s Lunch will be a celebration of her patronage of more than 600 organisations in the UK and around the Commonwealth. The Mall, in St James’s Park, will be lined with picnic tables for the street party, during which guests will enjoy a hamper-style lunch.

A national service of thanksgiving was held at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday paying tribute to the Queen’s “faithful devotion” to the country.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said the Queen had reigned through “war and hardship, turmoil and change”.

Prime Minister David Cameron, his cabinet colleagues, members of the Royal family were present at the ceremony.

A host of celebrities and figures from public life were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2016. Singer Rod Stewart received a knighthood while British astronaut Tim Peake becomes a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for services to space research and scientific education. There were CBEs for England cricket captain Alastair Cook, former footballer Alan Shearer and broadcaster Janet Street-Porter, and OBEs for TV presenters Ant and Dec.