Celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday

Leicester’s season of celebration

Leicester is set for a season of celebrations. Festivities to mark Leicester City FC’s Premier League win will be followed by parties and fetes to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.


Leicester diocese has been giving grants to churches to help them engage with their communities as part of the Queen’s birthday celebrations. So far they have made 40 grants, mostly for £250. Many of these grants are being used to buy copies of ‘The Servant Queen and the King She Serves’, which churches are giving away as part of the festivities.
Christ Church and St Peter’s Church Mountsorrel in Leicestershire have bought 4,000 copies of the book. On Sunday  8th May they launched their Kingdom Come week of prayer with a special service to pray for households in the village. During the week, every home will be prayed for as members deliver copies of 'The Servant Queen' with an invitation to a party on the village green. Members of the church are pictured adding commemorative labels to the books that they are giving away. 

  • Leicester Cathedral is holding a Festive Choral Evensong with 300 invited guests alongside members of the general public. Guests will receive a copy of  ‘The Servant Queen’.
  • St Marys Ashby Magna is holding a Street Party with a Royal Fancy Dress and Royal Bake Off competition.
  • St Peters Copt Oak is holding a weekend Flower Festival with a 'Hymns and Pimms' celebration evening.
  • Pimms is also on offer at a Songs of Praise Celebration in St Mary in the Elms, Woodhouse, with the Queen's favourite hymns followed by Pimms, sandwiches and cake. A copy of 'The Servant Queen and the King she serves' will be given to everyone there and to each household in Woodhouse.
  • St Marys Anstey is holding a Vintage Tea Party with a quiz and entertainment.
  • St Pauls on behalf of Churches Together in Oadby has opted for a Messy Birthday Celebration following on from their Messy Church celebrations for Palm Sunday.
  • Children are being challenged to create the 'Best Decorated Crown' at Holy Trinity, Norton Juxta Twycross, where adults are being invited to a Champagne breakfast. 
  • The Benefice of Bosworth and Sheepy Magna is holding a series of events in both the local church schools culminating in assemblies, where each child will be offered a gift of the ‘The Servant Queen’. 
  • St Andrews Countesthorpe is holding a celebration weekend including a quiz, crafts, and a birthday Songs of Praise for older people in the community.
  • St Botolph's Sibson is staging a Village Garden Party with music from a local band, plus free tea and cakes. 
  • St Peters Ashby Parva, is also holding a village celebration, which includes a treasure hunt, lunch and concluding with a celebration at the church.
  • And the list goes on with tea, cakes, wheelbarrow competitions, children's crafts, 
  • a puppet show, a hog roast and more, as the churches in Leicester diocese bring their communities together for the royal birthday celebrations. 

All over the country churches, schools and Christian organisations are making plans for the official royal birthday weekend, which starts with a Thanksgiving service in St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Friday 10th June and concludes with a street party in The Mall on Sunday 12th June.


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