The Patron’s Lunch in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday is due to take place on The Mall on 12 June, but after it was reported the many of the charities of which The Queen is Patron could not afford the £150 price, a mystery man or women has stepped forward and purchased £100,000 worth of tickets.
Her Majesty’s eldest grandson, Peter Phillips, son of Princess Anne has been organising the event although he did step down from his role as a trustee of the Patron’s Fund to avoid claims of a conflict of interest. When prices for the tickets were made public, he made the comment that the party was “not exactly a cheap exercise”.
Luckily, the mystery millionaire purchased hundreds of seats in order for the charities to have the chance to attend the event in which The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will all be in attendance.
Out of the 10,000 seats originally, just 1,000 were made available to the public and the remainder were for The Queen’s charities with the option to auction up to 40 per cent of their allocation so their own staff could attend. It was later changed to 2,000 to the public with the chance of by March 31 that number being upped if the charities did not use up their allocation.
It has not been announced how many tickets have been donated, but the mass purchase will allow many of the smaller organisations to join in on the celebration.
A Patron’s Lunch spokesman said the benefactor asked if they could donate when the event was first announced.
“We are delighted that a number of tickets have been provided to patron’s organisations by a third-party donor.” added the spokesperson.
The Patron’s Lunch will fall of the last of three days of celebrations, after a National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral and Trooping the Colour.