The Queen at 90: a picnic in the rain
The Queen addresses the crowds in the Mall who had turned out to celebrate her 90th birthday
It was the finale of a party that began in April and which has had many highlights already. In the year the Queen turns 90 there have been plenty of celebrations but the one on the Mall on June 12th 2016 perhaps summed everything up. Tens of thousands of people joined her for a picnic. It rained but they partied anyway. Elizabeth II has made a habit of keeping calm and carrying on. On this special day, she was no different.
The Queen has seen rain at big moments in her reign already. On her Diamond Jubilee, the royal river pageant took place in a torrential downpour while her Coronation Day was famously wet. And as preparations began on the Mall for the Patron's Lunch which would see 10,000 people linked to 600 UK and Commonwealth organisations associated with the Queen sit down to a picnic lunch, the Queen had a peek through the curtains and found herself face to face with yet more rain.
The Princess Royal greets huge crowds on the Mall @thepatronslunch celebrating #Queenat90 pic.twitter.com/gAjCcIh2vI— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 12, 2016
Great atmosphere @thepatronslunch! Prince Harry is in the mood for dancing #Conga #Queenat90 pic.twitter.com/PnZzyw3Pl4— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 12, 2016
Watch The Duke of Cambridge's speech at #ThePatronsLunch!#Queenat90 #HappyBirthdayYourMajestyhttps://t.co/nfivAaROxu— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 12, 2016
The Queen reflects on her 90th birthday celebrations and @thepatronslunch #Queenat90https://t.co/4XbsWPQGwB— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 12, 2016