The Royal Family is attending The Queen’s Birthday Party Concert at the Royal Albert Hall tonight. Her Majesty is celebrating her 92nd birthday today. The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust is the major beneficiary of event. Her Majesty is Patron of the Trust, that champions, funds and connects young leaders who are working hard to make a difference in the world. The leaders of the 53 Commonwealth nations, who were in London this week for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, are at the concert as well.
The concert is broadcasted live on the BBC tonight. Usually, the Queen is not celebrating her birthdays in public on this day in April (except for her ‘special’ birthdays, such as her 80th and 90th), but during Trooping the Colour on a Saturday in June. ‘Special’ birthdays are often celebrated with events in June too instead of April, since the weather is much better. However, Her Majesty made an exception tonight and is celebrating her birthday inside the Royal Albert Hall with her family by her side. Performers include Kylie Minogue and Tom Jones.
A list of members of the Royal Family in attendance tonight:
- Her Majesty the Queen
- The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall
- The Duke of Cambridge
- Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle
- The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence
- Peter and Autumn Phillips
- The Duke of York
- Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank
- Princess Beatrice
- The Earl and the Countess of Wessex
- Lady Louise
- Princess Alexandra
- The Duke and the Duchess of Gloucester
- The Prince and the Princess Michael of Kent
- Lady Sarah Chatto and David Chatto
- The Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor
- Numerous unidentified cousins from the extended Royal Family
As expected, the Duchess of Cambridge is not attending the concert tonight. She is only days away from giving birth to her third child and is on maternity leave since the end of March. She last appeared in public on Easter Sunday when attending a church service with the Royal Family in Windsor. However, it is expected that we will see her somewhere in the next 10 days with a baby in her arms on the steps of the Lindo Wing!
Prince Harry, as President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, gave a speech at the concert tonight. After the speech, the Queen appeared on the stage with Prince Charles, who also gave a short speech for his mother.
The Royal Family were seated in the Royal Box. When there is Royal attendance to an event in the Royal Albert Hall, the Royals are always seated in this box. The Royals are in this venue at least once every year in November for the annual Festival of Remembrance, but usually, there are more events for them to attend in the other months, such as film premières.
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Her Majesty The Queen looked in every inch the birthday girl in her gold floral dress. She choose to wear pearl and diamond jewellery and her iconic black bag and shoes to go with the dress.
Meghan is wearing a navy dress with a cape, her navy Manolo Blahnik shoes, a *very* interesting handbag by Naeem Khan (an Indian designer, of whom the Duchess of Cambridge also wore a dress during her 2016 tour through India, ID by @Solidmoonlight) and an updo.