While The Queen’s actual birthday is on 21 April and her official birthday is this Saturday, The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration took place from 12 to 15 May 2016 in Home Park, Windsor Castle, and celebrated The Queen’s life, her dedication to the Commonwealth and international affairs, her involvement with the armed forces and her love of horses.
As part of these celebrations, publisher St James’s House produced an official commemorative album for the event – the only publication sanctioned and endorsed by the organisers.
“Our commemorative album was presented as a gift to VVIP and VIP guests at each of the four evenings,” says Richard Freed, Chief Executive of St James’s House. “Copies of the book will also be distributed to key figures and organisations around the world including heads of state, ambassadors and leaders of industry.”
In addition to celebrating the life and reign of The Queen, the publication showcases a selection of organisations in the UK and Commonwealth, or with strong ties to Britain. These organisations are drawn from educational, cultural, social, technological and business spheres, and include Royal Charter holders, Royal Warrant holders and recipients of the Queen’s Awards. Collectively, they provide insights into the Commonwealth today and into the UK’s role in the wider world.
In the area of education, one of the organisations selected to appear in the publication is Sunderland College.
“The college was approached by publisher St James’s House with an invitation to appear in the event’s official commemorative album,” says Ellen Thinnesen, principal and chief executive of Sunderland College.
“We were invited based on our good editorial fit for the project, and it’s a great honour to be part of this historic celebration.”
Sunderland College provides further and higher education training to more than 10,000 students from in and around the city. The college has four campuses located across the city, and offers one of the region’s largest range of school leaver, adult and higher education courses as well as courses for international students.
Asked about the participation of Sunderland College, Richard Freed of St James’s House says: “As the official publisher for The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration, we have been entrusted with telling the Queen’s story. We were also tasked with finding suitable editorial partners for the book, and we were delighted when Sunderland College agreed to help us mark this important milestone.”
On each evening of The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration, 900 horses and more than 1,500 people from around the world participated in a 90-minute show to celebrate The Queen’s life. The show took the audience from The Queen’s birth, through the Second World War, her marriage, her coronation and a reign of more than 60 years, and incorporated actors, bands and dancers to tell the story. The final performance was broadcast by ITV and featured well-known hosts, narrators and singers from the British entertainment world. Participants included Britain’s most popular television duo Ant and Dec, television presenter Alan Titchmarsh and singer Katherine Jenkins.
Over the four evenings, more than 25,000 VVIPs, VIPs, guests and spectators attended the event, and the commemorative album as well as television coverage were organised to enable The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration to reach an even wider audience. The official commemorative album will also provide a lasting souvenir.
St James’s House has previously produced publications for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Prince Philip’s 90th birthday and the 750thanniversary of Parliament in the UK, and its official commemorative album for The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration will be distributed through both targeted circulation and specially selected retail channels.