Prince Philip probably won't mind that his upcoming 95th birthday on June 10 will be overshadowed by a celebration fit for a queen. After ringing in her 90th birthday privately in April, Her Majesty's birthday party will continue this weekend as the monarch steps out to celebrate the milestone with her adoring public. The Queen will be fêted over the course of three busy days, starting with a special church service on Friday.
Senior members of the Royal Family will join the Queen at a special service of thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral before retreating to their homes to rest up for the annual Trooping the Colour celebration on Saturday.
The Queen's official birthday on Saturday will see the monarch travel by carriage from Buckingham Palace to the Horse Guards Palace where she will inspect her personal troops. She will then rejoin her family on the palace balcony to watch the traditional flypast. Last year, Prince George made his first appearance at Trooping the Colour leaving many royal watchers eager to see if Princess Charlotte will follow in his footsteps and make her debut on the balcony.
The celebrations continue on Sunday when 10,000 supporters flood the Mall outside Buckingham Palace to toast the Queen at the ultimate street party. "The Patron's Lunch" will both benefit and highlight more than 600 charities and organizations of which the Queen is patron. Her grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry are joint presidents of the event and will be on hand to celebrate alongside their "Granny." Guests will be treated to a scrumptious lunch and entertainment parade.
On Monday, it's back to royal duties for the Queen as she travels to Windsor Castle for the annual procession and service for the Order of the Garter. The order is very close to the Queen's heart and membership is highly exclusive. Her children and Prince William hold rank, as does her beloved husband Prince Philip. Thousands watch as the order join a parade of Yeoman of the Guard and the Blues and Royals band on a march towards St. George's Chapel.