Happy 90th Ma'am!
21 April 2016
Along with the rest of the nation, I’m looking forward to celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday on April 21st. I’ll be bringing out the bunting, cutting the crusts off the cucumber sandwiches and helping host a right royal knees-up street party. Her Majesty’s official birthday weekend is in June with the traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony, a mass street party in The Mall and festivities at Windsor Castle. But like the Queen, I’m happy to blow out the candles - twice!
Queen Elizabeth hasn't just reached an incredible age, she's also our longest-reigning monarch clocking up over 63 years on the throne (pipping Queen Victoria), 97 state visits, 56 Christmas messages, 12 Prime Ministers, 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 67 years of marriage to her beloved Philip - and not forgetting owning over 30 Corgis. Not bad for a princess who wasn't destined for the throne.
I can imagine Buckingham Palace will be filled with the Queen’s favourite flowers, said to be carnations. Her fondness for flowers is also recognised with roses adorning The Royal Mint's commemorative 90th birthday £5 coin.
If you want to fill your home with regal blooms to mark this special occasion, you won't go far wrong with purple flowers. Rumour has it purple is linked with royalty because the dye originally used to create purple had to be sourced from a snail found only in the Tyre region of the Mediterranean Sea, so it was exclusive and expensive. Queen Elizabeth I allowed only royal family members to wear purple.
There are also many blooms named after royals, such as the soft pink Queen Elizabeth rose and from May, the new baby-pink chrysanthemum named Princess Charlotte in honour of the Queen's youngest grand-daughter.
We also have some beautiful purple-hue bouquets to help you celebrate including Vintage Pastels for £21.99 - with soft lilac alstroemeria, white carnations and crowned with golden lilies it's just perfect for birthdays. Or our favourite, Vintage Rose, is full of striking pink and purple flowers to give the royal effect!
With the Queen Mother living to the grand age of 101, it's likely we'll be looking forward to celebrating the Queen’s centenary too.
Happy Birthday Ma’am!