The UK’s longest reigning monarch and master of the monochrome outfit is about to turn the big nine-zero. To celebrate, we’ve come up with five ways to raise a toast on Her Maj's big day (April 21).
1. Take a Bite Out of the Queen's Wardrobe
It's estimated that the Queen has worn over 5,000 hats during her reign, so what better way to celebrate her birthday than with the Berkeley Hotel's Prêt-à-Portea: The Royal Collection. This special afternoon tea, running until April 24, will see pastries and cakes transformed to resemble the Royal Family's most memorable hats. Yes, hats. From a vanilla biscuit coronation crown complete with edible diamonds to a praline profiterole fascinator, it's bound to be the most mouth-watering fashion event of the season.
2. Have a drink at the Queen’s favourite London restaurant
Okay, so it might be her favourite by default as Bellamy's is rumoured to be the only restaurant within the M25 the Queen has ever visited. (Bet she's always ordering a cheeky Deliveroo to the palace, though.) Bellamy's is elegant without being stuffy, and all classic cocktails cost a tenner.
3. Drink as the royals drink
Not that Londoners ever need an excuse to drink gin, but it's the royal family’s drink of choice. Head to the London Gin Club and try one of their new spring tasting menus. If you don't have work the next day, opt for the Over Proof Tasting Menu and then have a go at reciting all the lyrics to 'God Save the Queen'.
4. Make your own Clay Queen
Fancy yourself the next Michelangelo? Pay a visit to Drink, Shop & Do on April 21 for the chance to mould a likeness of her Maj out of clay. We expect the results will be both impressive and hilarious. The best bit? It’s all free when you buy a drink.
5. Witness a royal gun salute
Pack a picnic or grab a coffee and head to the Tower of London on April 21 where the Honourable Artillery Company will fire off 62 rounds in honour of Liz's big day. It all kicks off at 1pm and is free to the general public.