On 11th June 2016 our Queen will celebrate her official 90th Birthday and her husband, Prince Philip will be 95! These are wonderful ages to reach and definitely worth celebrating.
London is already awash with flags and the celebrations start tomorrow. Nobody covers royal events as well as the Daily Mail so do click to see the fabulous images of London bedecked.
I’m sure there are street parties planned for cities, towns and villages throughout the UK and beyond. On my travels through the Cotswolds I have seen lots of bunting in the streets and flags flying from shops churches, public buildings of every sort, as well as private homes and gardens.
I went to Willersey yesterday which is a gorgeous little village. It is quintessentially Cotswolds with its duck pond, village pubs, honey coloured stone houses, and beautiful cottage gardens. It also has a village shop which has got to have the most helpful owner in the world. My sister in law was desperate to buy some bread to take back to her caravan for tea so she popped into the only shop in the village. Sadly, they had sold out of bread but the owner said,
“wait a minute I’ve just used 2 slices out of my loaf, you can have the rest of that”
He then ran upstairs to his flat above the shop and returned with the remainder of his lovely crusty seed-topped brown bread! Can you imagine getting that level of care and service in a city or town supermarket?
Willersey was like a model village perfectly dressed for a royal themed party. There was bunting all over the pubs, and flags flying high in the summer breeze. Several owners had really gone overboard with the decorations in their gardens as you can see from my photos below. One in particular had a garden table and benches covered in union flags with more flags and bunting in the trees as well as a huge flag on a flagpole. It looked beautiful against the poppies and colourful flowers in the border.
Willersey is holding a really royal party all afternoon and evening on Saturday 11th. I do hope the weather stays fine for them. There will be royal themed fancy dress and hats, races to the next village, themed picnics, and lots of musical entertainment. There will also be a royal pageant and a whole village photo for the archives. The day’s events will be rounded off by a Toast to the Queen and everyone writing a message in a giant card for Her Majesty.
It should be lots of fun.