There have been a number of special programmes commemorating the fact that our Queen is celebrating her 90th birthday this year.
This Saturday there will be another two programmes to celebrate this event. But while the previous programmes were to mark her actual birthday, these programmes are to celebrate her official birthday.
Our monarchs have two birthdays when their actual birthdays are not in the summer. Every year there is a special Trooping the Colour to mark the Queen’s official birthday.
This year’s Trooping of the Colour is rather special as it will be marking the Queen’s 90th birthday. Televised from 10.15am on BBC1, the event will be presented by Huw Edwards. Clare Balding will be acting as the reporter.
This year the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards will have a prominent part to play. While the Queen used to lead the troops down the Mall on horseback, these days she performs the same task, but she is in a coach.
The procession will move to Buckingham Palace, where the Queen takes the salute. Then there are guns fired from both Green Park and also from the Tower of London. Then the Queen and other members of the Royal Family appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace where they will receive well deserved cheers from the huge crowds of people.
The Royal Family then watch the spectacular RAF flypast. This morning programme is due to last for two hours and fifty minutes.
Watching this live broadcast allows viewers the chance of enjoying all the excitement and spectacle from the comfort of their armchairs.
There will be also be a highlights programme on BBC2 from ten past six in the evening which is about ninety minutes long.