It is unusual that Queen Elizabeth celebrates her birthday on the actual day she was born. Typically, the monarch waits until Trooping the Colour celebrations in June.
However, it isn’t every year that the leaders of the Commonwealth Nations will be in London wrapping up the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) and so the BBC is throwing Her Majesty a 92nd birthday concert.
On 21 April, the Royal Albert Hall will play host to the star-studded event hosted by BBC One and BBC Radio 2. Confirmed guests so far include Craig David, Kylie Minogue, Sir Tom Jones, Shawn Mendes, Anne Marie, Sting, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Even Shaggy is set to perform, who has recently been making a comeback including his impression of Donald Trump on James Corden’s The Late Late Show.
Other members of the Royal Family will also be alongside The Queen celebrating her birthday. No doubt the perfect way to let off some steam from a busy week of CHOGM.
BBC has other plans to mark Her Majesty’s birthday. Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, has described the “stunning” coverage of the entire works to mark the day.
Comedian Sir Lenny Henry will be presenting The Commonwealth Kid, a look at the relationship Britain plays with the Commonwealth and its people. Broadcaster George Alagian will be examining the history of The Queen’s Commonwealth in The Queen: Her Commonwealth Story.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings will run in London and Windsor from 16-20 April and will likely be the last meeting The Queen will attend the meetings are not held in the same place each time, and The Queen no longer travels overseas.
It is also expected that during the meetings, Prince Harry will take on a formal role through the Youth Forum.
For those who want to help The Queen ring in her 92nd birthday, tickets to the concert at the Royal Albert Hall go on sale at 9 am today (21 March) on the concert hall’s website.