Residents across all of our villages are celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday today with a string of organised events up and down the country.
At our picturesque Lime Tree Village in Warwickshire, these began bright and early, when the Rugby town crier dropped by at 8:30am to wish Her Majesty a happy day.
Malvenia Richmond, Lime Tree Village’s manager said: “It isn’t every day I come in to work to find a town crier ringing his bell and yelling at the top of his voice!”
“Today is a special day though as our longest serving monarch reaches the age of 90 after nearly 64 years on the throne, an incredible landmark. On behalf of everyone at Lime Tree Village I’d like to wish Her Majesty a very happy birthday.”
Pictured with the town crier is domestic supervisor Theresa Childs, her deputy Pauline Box, assistant maintenance supervisor George True and grounds assistant, Chris Cheesman.
Throughout Queen Elizabeth II’s reign she has:
- Owned more than 30 corgis
- Sat for 129 portraits
- Supported over 600 charities
- Sent over 175,000 telegrams to centenarians in the UK and Commonwealth
- Launched 21 ships
- Attended 35 Royal Variety performances
- Answered around 3.5 million pieces of correspondence
- Handed out approximately 90,000 Christmas puddings to staff, continuing the custom of King George V and King George VI
- Visited Australia 16 times, Canada 22 times, Jamaica six and New Zealand 10 times
- Given regular audience to 12 prime ministers
Unusual gifts Her Majesty has received over the years include two black beavers from Canada, as well as jaguars and sloths from Brazil.