It has always been a private affair celebrated with few members of the family, but The Queen’s birthday this April will be turned into a musical concert in which 2.3 billion of the world population will be represented.
According to The Telegraph, plans are being made for a musical celebration to be held at the Royal Albert Hall at the end of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London, set to take place between 16-20 April. The timing of the meeting is very convenient as The Queen’s actual birthday falls on the 21st.
The summit is expected to bring together the leaders of all 53 Commonwealth members to discuss global challenges. A dinner will be hosted by Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace before the Leaders’ Retreat takes place at Windsor Castle. It is likely to be the last meeting that The Queen attends. Her first summit was in Ottawa in 1973.
Although the final details are still to be fine-tuned, the BBC is understood to have agreed to broadcast the birthday concert, organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society. The Queen’s presence will only be confirmed when organisers have finalised the plan.
One source told the newspaper: “It is going to be a mix of Commonwealth music off the back of CHOGM. The content has not yet been decided.
“It is thought to be the only time in The Queen’s reign when she has done anything on her birthday, which makes it unique. It will be superb.”
The new of the celebration comes amid reports that Prince Harry will take a ‘youth leadership’ role as part of a push to attract new generations to the organisation. Harry is expected to speak at the summit’s Commonwealth Youth Forum, in which 500 youth leaders from across the Commonwealth will discuss challenges and opportunities facing young people.