The Queen's 90th Birthday: Ballot opens for free tickets

Gemma Strong

Members of the public have been given another chance to help the Queen celebrate her 90th birthday. A ballot has been opened to distribute tickets for The Celebration on The Long Walk, which is taking place on Sunday 15th May.

Tickets for the Queen's official 90th Birthday Celebration sold out within hours when they went on sale in November. But now 5,000 lucky people will be able to share in some of the magic by joining in festivities on The Long Walk, which is the straight tree-lined avenue in Windsor Great Park, running for 2.5 miles from Windsor Castle.

A ballot has opened for tickets to the Celebration on the Long Walk for the Queen's 90th birthday

The event will begin at 3pm, and will no doubt have a great party atmosphere with entertainment and food on offer in the build-up to a screening of the Birthday Celebration, which will be shown on large screens at the top of The Long Walk.

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration is a 90-minute spectacular featuring 900 horses and more than 1,500 participants who will come together to celebrate the life of the monarch - from the excitement of the birth, through to World War Two, her marriage, the coronation and a reign of more than 60 years.

The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration will celebrate the life of the monarch

The show will be held each night from 12-15th May in the private grounds of Windsor Castle in honour of the landmark event. Members of the royal family will attend each night of celebrations, with the Queen confirmed to attend on the Sunday.

The Queen, who officially turns 90 on 21 April, will also mark the milestone day with the biggest street party ever on The Mall in London on 12 June. It was confirmed in July that 10,000 guests will be invited to the quintessentially British celebrations, set to be attended by the Queen and Prince Philip along with her grandsons Princes William and Harry and other members of the royal family.

Festivites will also include a huge street party, with more than 10,000 guests

Other commemorations set to take place on the weekend of the Queen's official birthday in June include a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral and Trooping the Colour.

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