Tickets are available for people to attend a special Platinum Jubilee Reception celebrating Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday and milestone jubilee year.
The event will be hosted by the Mayor, Councillor John Story, on Thursday 21 April – Her Majesty’s 96th birthday – at Windsor Guildhall. It is in aid of the Mayor's Benevolent Fund, which every year supports numerous residents from across the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.
Champagne and canapés will be served from 6pm to 8pm and guests will also have the opportunity to visit the Royal Borough's recently re-opened museum and visitor information centre, which now share their home on the ground floor of the Guildhall.
The Mayor said: “The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee on 6 February, marking 70 years’ of dedicated service to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. I’m looking forward to welcoming guests to Windsor Guildhall for the reception which is the perfect place to gather together, to wish her a ‘happy birthday’ and pay tribute to her loyal service while raising money for a very good cause.
“Her Majesty has a long and close association with Windsor - she once said 'when I come to Windsor I feel at home'. She spent much of her childhood in the town, went to the Royal School in the Great Park and throughout her reign has been in Windsor for Easter and most weekends. During the difficult past two years Her Majesty has spent most of her time here and, today, Windsor Castle is The Queen's main official residence.”
Councillor Samantha Rayner, deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for business, corporate & residents services, culture & heritage, & Windsor, said: “It would be really wonderful to see the community gather together and celebrate in the magnificent surroundings of the Guildhall which houses so many beautiful royal paintings, including one of Her Majesty. We are enormously proud to have Her Majesty as a resident of the Royal Borough and this is another great way for the community to be part of this year’s celebrations and raise money for the Mayor's Benevolent Fund in the process.
“You’ll also be able take a look around the Windsor and Royal Borough Museum which is now sharing its home with the Royal Windsor Information Centre. We’ve brought together these complementary facilities in the historical heart of Windsor, meaning people can explore the fascinating exhibits and get expert visitor information all under one historic roof – with admission free to all.”
Tickets, which cost £35 per person, must be booked in advance. If you would like to attend, please contact the Mayor’s Secretary, Alison Singleton, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07866 127222.