The Queen is famous for her hard work and sense of commitment, so it is rather unsurprising that on the day of her 90th birthday, she will undertake a day of public engagements in the town of Windsor.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will both take part in two days of back-to-back engagements, which will take place on April 20th and April 21st.
On April 21st, Her Majesty’s birthday, she and her husband will go on a a walkabout in Windsor as well as taking part in a beacon lighting ceremony.
At the Windsor Walkabout, The Queen and Prince Philip will unveil a plaque commemorating the Queen’s Walkway at the foot of Castle Hill. After the plaque unveiling, the couple will enjoy a walkabout.
The Queen’s Walkway is a 6.3km self-guided walking trail which connects 63 points of significance in the town of Windsor. The Walkway was designed to commemorate Her Majesty becoming the longest ever reigning British Monarch last year; having been designed by The Outdoor Trust.
The Windsor Walkabout is just one of the first of many walkways that will be developed various countries. The Queen officially opened the first complete route in Malta last November, when she visited as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. By 2018 it is hoped that there will be 100 Commonwealth Walkways all across the globe, connecting 5,000 points of significance and “uniting the Commonwealth family.”
In the evening, The Queen will be joined by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, who will light a beacon to celebrate Her Majesty’s milestone birthday.
The Queen herself will light the main beacon which will set in turn engulf a total of over 1,000 beacons across the country and worldwide. This will be a spectacular sight to celebrate The Queen’s birthday and people across the UK are being encouraged to attend a beacon-lighting event in their area.
To finish the 90 year old’s special day off, Members of the Army Cadet Force will be taking some of the beacons to the top of the four highest peaks in the United Kingdom – Ben Nevis in Scotland; Mount Snowdon in Wales; Scafell Pike in England, and Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland.
The day prior to Her Majesty’s birthday, she will spend her last day as an 89-year-old also working and carrying out engagements.
In the morning, she will visit the Royal Mail Windsor delivery office, celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Postal Service.
As well as meeting representatives from Royal Mail, they will view the operation of the Caller’s Office and watch a demonstration of mail sorting. As per usual, Her Majesty will then unveil a plaque to mark her visit.
The Royal Mail choir will sing for the Queen during her visit, ensuring the trip will not at all be dull.
Later on in the day, the new Bandstand at Alexandra Gardens will be opened by the Queen and Prince Philip.
They will both view an exhibition about the Bandstand and meet children from the local schools involved creating the Bandstand’s commemorative plaques.
Another choir will perform for the visit here also, this time a children’s choir, who will sing four short songs followed by an short scene from Romeo and Juliet.