12:31PM, Saturday 16 May 2015
Windsor Castle will play host to a four day celebration next year to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday.
More than 550 horses and 1,200 performers will stage the milestone birthday celebrations, which is set to include a one-off 90-minute show to crown 90 years of The Queen’s life.
The event will run between May 12 and May 15, 2016, and members of The Royal Family are expected to attend each night.
The Queen is due to be at the last performance on the Sunday, which will also be broadcast live on ITV.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will be the celebration’s patron and Sir Mike Rake, chairman of BT and president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) will chair the event.
Entertainment has been designed to reflect The Queen’s own interests.
Performers will travel from countries including Oman, Chile, New Zealand, Canada, Fiji and South Africa.
The military will also be out in force, featuring The Queen’s Mounted Troops and more than 100 pipers.
The celebrations will be a not-for-profit event and is already well funded by private donations, organisations and British business.
Any proceeds will be donated to a number of The Queen’s charities.
Simon Brooks-Ward, producer and director, said: “There will be a very happy and celebratory feel to the whole event.
“We have been delighted with the level of response from funders and participants.
“It should be a very special and memorable occasion.”
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