It appears British TV presenters Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have certainly won the royal seal of approval. The pair, originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, have been chosen to front coverage of The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, which will be broadcast live on ITV later this year.
Some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars will join the duo, as they host the spectacular celebrations live from the private grounds of Windsor Castle. The event, which The Queen is set to attend on its final evening, will see more than 900 horses and 1500 participants tell the story of The Queen’s life from her birth in 1926, through World War Two, to her Coronation in 1953 and a reign spanning more than 60 years.
In a tribute to Her Majesty’s love of horses and all things equestrian, the celebration will see a plethora of mounted regiments taking part including The Oman Royal Cavalry, Chilean Huasos, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Azerbaijan Cossack Riders, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.
As State Carriages from The Royal Mews take centre stage, the regiments will be joined by a number of military bands and dancers, including The New Zealand Army Band, The South Australian Police Band, 100 Military and Commonwealth Pipers, The Fijian Army Dancers and Band.
Ant and Dec both said they are “honoured” to be at the forefront of the channel’s coverage. It comes after the huge success of their recent documentary on The Prince’s Trust, which saw them follow the work of Prince Charles over a year and featured warm interviews and jokes with The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Princes William and Harry.
ITV’s Director of Entertainment and Comedy Elaine Bedell said “We are delighted to be celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday with this stunning evening of entertainment. With Ant and Dec hosting this special event, viewers will get to enjoy the very best of British talent along side some remarkable performers in celebration of the Queen’s landmark birthday”.
The event will make up just part of ITV’s celebratory programme. The network has also commissioned a two-hour long documentary, that has granted filmmakers unusually close access to The Queen and other members of her family during the last year. A number of royals are said to have been interview or recorded, including the Duchess of Cambridge, who used the occasion to give her first ever solo interview.