Despite the dreadful weather that washed out the first half of the day, over 10,00 people gathered into The Mall, in order to honor the Queen and congratulate her for her 90th birthday, during Patron’s Lunch, which celebrates her patronage of more than 600 organisations.
The big event started at 2.30 in the afternoon, when Her Majesty appeared in an open-top car, and was absolutely delighted by the huge crowd that was expecting her. “Oh my, what a wonderful sight!” was her remark to Prince Philip, after seeing everybody cheering and waving Union flags.
Earlier the day, The Queen was also spotted peeking through the curtains at the Buckingham Palance, checking out how the whole event was going, says Mirror. It was the final day of a series of nationwide evens that started on April 21, when she turned 90.
“I would like to say thank you for the wonderful support and encouragement that you continue to give me,” Her Majesty declared. “I much appreciate the kindness of all your birthday wishes, and have been delighted and moved by the many cards and messages I have received. How I will feel if people are still singing “Happy Birthday” to be in December, remains to be seen!”
Like expected, Prince William also made an appearance, presenting a personal thank you note for The Queen, on behalf of all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
“Granny, thank you for everything you have done for your family. We could not wish you a happier birthday. Thank you so much for showing that the Great British public doesn’t let a little rain spoil a good day out.”
An interesting aspect about the Patron’s Lunch event was that umbrellas were banned for a “number of reasons”, like security and obstructing the vision. Therefore, all guests were given ponchos, in order to keep them safe from the rain, which eventually stopped, as soon as The Queen arrived, the weather remaining sunny and warm by the end of the day.