This is a big year for the Queen. Granted, last year people said the same, as the monarch (and all of the UK) celebrated her diamond jubilee, and, of course, who could forget the royal wedding (or Pippa’s famous dress). But this year, Queen Elizabeth still has a lot of to look forward to. She’ll be marking her 60-year coronation anniversary, become an even prouder grandmother when the Duchess of Cambridge gives birth, and turn 87-years old.
Rather than head into retirement like many of her contemporaries, the Queen maintains a full diary of royal engagements and, until recently when she was brought down by a stomach bug, always fulfils them.
While Queen Beatrix of Holland has chosen to abdicate the throne aged 75, you can’t see Queen Elizabeth of England following in her footsteps anytime soon.
While the Queen celebrates her official birthday on 21 April, it won’t be until 15 June that the public festivities take place. Hopefully it’ll be warmer by then.
So, what does the head royal do for her birthday? The same thing she does every year – enjoys the annual military parade, the Trooping of the Colour, which honours the long-standing sovereign and sees a crowd of thousands come to join in the festivities.
And you can be there too. A weekend in London for the Queen’s birthday is a time to celebrate England and everything that makes this country so uniquely British. With national pride taking over, you can take part in the regal occasion and relish in the cultural attractions that the capital has to offer.
London has some of the most reputed and luxurious hotels in the world. The Savoy is a well-known classic, which you’d probably recognise from its appearance in the film, Notting Hill, while the Hotel Russell exudes old English grandeur and a sense of long-standing tradition. Reputable London hotels offer guests world-class accommodation, spectacular food and the highest quality service – everything you want for a weekend break.
Keep Saturday Free
The Trooping of the Colour takes place on Saturday 15 June and is the must-see event of the Queen’s birthday weekend. The main fly-past starts at 1pm and is carried out by troops from the Household Division (Foot Guards and Household Cavalry) on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall. However, spectators are advised to get there for a 10am start as various other events take place prior to the main attraction. The best place to watch from is The Mall, but you’ll also be able to find viewing spots at the edge of St James’ Park.
Head for the West End
The West End is a synonymous feature of London. No cultural trip to the capital would be complete without seeing a show in one of the world’s most famous and long-standing theatres. A walk around the streets of Piccadilly Circus will show you just how many shows there are to choose from, and with the bright lights of London’s best theatres calling you, you’ll struggle to choose between which billboard and set of raving reviews to go and see.
Scale the Shard
There are a countless number of famous tourist attractions to see in London. From the Tower of London and Big Ben to the London Eye and London Bridge, there’s plenty to visit. But the best, and possibly grandest, way to see them all in one weekend is to head to The Shard. As London’s tallest building, and the newest symbol of the capital, the view is the main reason to go there. There’s no better platform to admire the city’s skyline from.