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PICTURE SPECIAL: Street parties and celebrations to mark Queen's 90th birthday

Staff reporters

Street parties and celebrations were held across the area as the Queen celebrated her official 90th birthday this weekend.

This picture special rounds up some of the events which took place to mark the occasion.

We'll be updating this page throughout the week. Email expressnews@baylismedia.co.uk if you want your celebrations featured in the Express.


DATCHET: Hundreds of people crowded onto Datchet Green to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.

‘Party for the Queen on the Green’ took place in the village on Sunday.

A range of stalls were set up from cupcakes to henna tattoos. Datchet Village Society had a tent with information about royal visits to the village using pictures from its archive.

The rain held off for a packed timetable of performances drawing crowds to the middle of the green.

Bollywood dancers from ‘Love the Beat UK’ performed a selection of dances.

The group’s choreographer Kay Sarna showed children and adults who were brave enough to give it a go the basics.

Kay said: “It’s brilliant, everyone was having a go and now the sun’s out. 

“We do a lot of different performances and we’ve been practicing for this for a few months.”

The Datchet Community Choir also took the stage for only their second public performance.

They were helped out by children from St Mary’s Primary School and wowed the audience with a handful of hits, finishing with Queen’s Under Pressure.

Fred the Dustman, an entertainer from Colnbrook, was teaching children how to juggle and plate spin at the other end of the green where there were games on offer.


ETON: Tables lined Eton High Street for a celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday on Sunday.

More than 600 people sat down for lunch at the street party organised by the Eton Community Association (ECA).

Revellers were protected from the rain under gazebos decorated with union jack bunting.

The party atmosphere was added to with different musicians set up along the High Street.

There was also entertainment from a magician and balloon modeller.

Chairwoman of the ECA Ros Rivaz organised the event with four others. 

She said: “It is amazing for the community and there are people from Eton and Eton Wick here.”

Among the party goers was Jane Walters, 65, from Staines, who made a convincing Queen lookalike.

She was there with a group from Thaxter and Stovell Barber Shop and said: “I remember having street parties for the Queen’s jubilees.

“It is still a great way to get everyone together.”


WRAYSBURY: An indoor picnic celebrated the Queen’s birthday in Wraysbury Village Hall on Saturday.

Villagers did not let the rain spoil their fun and a last minute move from The Green ensured the party could still go ahead.

A minibus was provided by Wraysbury and Horton Age Concern to make sure everyone could get to the party.

A range of impressive homemade cakes were provided by village groups including the girl guides. 


WINDSOR: Lucky pupils from five chosen schools enjoyed a tea party at Windsor Castle on Friday.

The 100 children were picked from St George’s School, Claycots School, Montem Academy, Claires Court School and one other from Wandsworth.

The 100 children sat on nine tables in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle, each representing a different decade of the Queen’s life.

Fancy dress included soldiers from the Second World War, members of Wham, Elton John and the Queen.

The unique celebration was presented by television presenters Diane Louise Jordan and Joe Crowley and live streamed online by Discovery Education.

It was called Happy Birthday Your Majesty and was watched by more than 600,000 children across the world.

Rebecca Whitlock, associate headteacher at Claycots School in Slough, said: “We feel privileged to be given the chance to celebrate the Queen’s birthday in such a unique way.

“Our pupils were very excited to be part of the broadcast and I’m sure the memories will stay with them for a very long time.”

Choristers from St George’s School led the children and teachers in a rendition of the national anthem.

Chapter clerk at the Windsor Castle School, Charlotte Manley, said: “It means a huge amount to sing for the Queen in her home and not just for the people here but people watching. It is wonderful.”

The event was organised in partnership with the Royal Collection Trust and preparations got underway six months ago.


DEDWORTH: The Queen’s underwear was fashioned into bunting during a tea party at Lilliput Nursery on Monday.

Children and their parents were invited to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday at the nursery in Smiths Lane.

The nursery was decorated with red, white and blue bunting but there was also another unusual decoration.

“The children also made bunting from pictures of the Queen’s underwear which they had coloured in themselves,” said nursery manager Cath Harman.

“Their favourite book at the moment is The Queen’s Knickers by Nicholas Allan so we wanted to incorporate that.”

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