The Queen is breaking with tradition on her 92nd birthday

2018-04-20 14:46

Cape Town - It’s not every day the British monarch turns 92 – and Her Majesty will be marking the occasion in style.

Queen Elizabeth usually spends the day at home with her family, but this year, she’ll ring in her birthday on 21 April with a massive bash at Royal Albert Hall.

"The concert, known as The Queen's Birthday Party, will be attended by HM [Her Majesty] and other Members of the Royal Family and will include performances from leading artists from around the Commonwealth," The Palace announced on Twitter earlier this week. 

The Queen usually only publically celebrates her second, “official” birthday in June with the Trooping of the Colour ceremony, opting to spend her real birthday with her loved ones.

But, as she did with her 90th birthday celebrations, the nonagenarian will step out on her special day, likely with her children and grandchildren in tow.

The concert, thrown by the BBC, will showcase music from each decade of the Queen’s reign, Reuters reports.

The event features a star-studded line-up, including the likes of Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Anne-Marie, Shawn Mendes, Sting and Shaggy.

Home-grown musos Ladysmith Black Mambazo will also perform at the event, which will be broadcast live on BBC TV and radio.

Proceeds from the shindig will go to The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust youth charity, according to The Express.

As is tradition, Britain will also mark the special day with a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park, a 21-gun salute in Windsor Great Park and a 62 gun-salute at the Tower of London at noon.

It may not be the only thing Britons have to celebrate tomorrow. The Duchess of Cambridge, pregnant with her third child, is due to give birth any day now, and speculation that the blue-blooded baby may make their debut on great-granny’s birthday!

Watch this space for more…

Sources: Reuters, The Express,

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