女皇大壽The Queen’s 90th Birthday

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這個週末在電視上看到以前個“事頭婆”(香港人對英女皇的暱稱)慶祝生日的片段。“事頭婆”出生在四月,但因為天氣關係官方生日卻定在六月。為甚麼會這樣呢?英國出名天氣不穩定尤其在春季,所以為了方便舉辦不同慶祝活動官方就把生日推到初夏。而這個傳統在英皇佐治二世時已開始,已超過二百多年了。
今年的慶祝活動有特別意義因為英女皇九十大壽,所以在白金漢宮外的The Mall特別安排了一個大型Street Party招待超過一萬個人。優先購票的幸運兒是英女王支持的六百多個慈善團體, 然後才到公眾抽簽. 但不要以為這是免費的午餐噢!入場費盛惠每座位£150 (210美元)!

每年我最期待的慶祝活動部分是英國皇家空軍紅箭隊飛行表演。他們的敏捷和精確技術,在飛過的短短幾秒鐘內完美的顯示出來,絕對是一場不可錯過的出色表現。

This weekend I have been watching the news on TV about The Queen’s birthday celebration. The Queen was born in April but her official birthday is celebrated in June. Why is this? Britain is infamous for its weather particularly in spring when it can be very unreliable. So June was chosen when there is a better likelihood of good weather for official celebrations. This tradition is thought to have started by King George II over 200 years ago.

This year marks The Queen’s 90th birthday so a massive street party was held on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace for 10000 people. The Queen is patron of more than 600 odd charities so they were granted priority access to the tickets, followed by a public ballot for the remaining. However, don’t expect this to be a free lunch! The tickets cost £150 per head (USD210) !

Every year the part of the celebration that I most look forward to is the fly past by the RAF Red Arrows. Their agility and precision in the aerobic displays during the few seconds that they fly by, is definitely one of the most amazing performance to be seen.

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Photo source : ITV

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