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Queen's 80th birthday
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The Queen's 80th birthday - BBC programming


Introduction: Television


Her Majesty The Queen is 80 years old this year and the BBC has a range of programmes on radio and television to mark the occasion.


Details are included in this press pack - further information will be added as it becomes available.


The Queen becomes 80 on 21 April 2006 and celebrates her official birthday on 17 June.




All key events will be covered by the BBC, including:


The Family Service of Thanksgiving On St George's Day from St George's Chapel, Windsor (Sunday 23 April);


and The National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London (Thursday 15 June).




BBC ONE has exclusive access to key public events and private moments of The Queen's 80th year for a two-part documentary. The Queen At 80 will also include some rarely seen footage from The Queen's private film archive.


The Queen At 80


Week 15 & Week 16 - programme one is on Sunday 9 April, 9.00pm, BBC ONE


Her Majesty The Queen has been a presence in our lives for more than 50 years as sovereign of the United Kingdom and as Head of the Commonwealth.


She is undoubtedly one of the most famous women in the world, but what is The Queen's role in the modern state and in her 80th year?


The Queen at 80 follows The Queen's working life in a cross-section of engagements including the royal tour of Canada and the End of the War celebrations for 2,000 veterans at Buckingham Palace.


It also features exclusive and intimate footage including access to rarely seen archive from Her Majesty's private collection.


The programme examines the historic events which have shaped the monarchy: the abdication, the controversies affecting her family in the Nineties, the death of Diana, and the recent wedding of the heir to the throne.


Through the eyes of Brian May, Sir Cliff Richard, Barbara Windsor and Sharon and Ozzie Osbourne it also revisits the celebration which brought 2.5 million people into The Mall and became one of the most watched pop concerts in history with more than 200 million viewers: the Golden Jubilee.




The Queen At 80 - Live from Windsor


Friday 21 April, noon-1.00pm, BBC ONE


A host of special guests join Sophie Raworth to celebrate The Queen's 80th birthday.


The programme will come live from Windsor where the streets will be lined with well wishers hoping to meet The Queen as she walks around outside Windsor Castle.


Rolf Harris, Wendy Richard and Alan Titchmarsh are just some of the celebrities who will be sharing in the celebrations.


Sophie will also be joined by jockeys who have ridden for The Queen and doyenne of fashion, Vivienne Westwood will look back at The Queen and Prince Philip's days as one of the most glamorous couples in the world.


The birthday cake comes courtesy of the Sandringham Woman's Institute, where the Queen is President.


They'll share their memories with Alan who, as guest speaker at the WI remembers The Queen sitting in the front row listening to his advice on gardening.


Finally, two very special ladies, who are also 80 today, are among Sophie's guests.


Both will have been to a birthday lunch with The Queen this week and they will reminisce on the events that have marked both their lives, and The Queen's.




The Queen at 80: A National Service of Thanksgiving from St Paul's Cathedral


Thursday 15 June, 11.00am-12.15pm,




Her Majesty the Queen and members of the Royal family attend a national service to celebrate the Queen's official birthday.


The service, introduced by Huw Edwards, is led by the Dean of St Paul's, The Very Revd Dr John Moses and the sermon is preached by The Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury.




Children's Party At The Palace


BBC ONE brings this spectacular family show live to the nation (25 June: 4.00-6.00pm).


The Children's Party at the Palace will celebrate British children's literature.


Children will be invited to attend - along with characters from Britain's favourite storybooks - a tea party and unique entertainment show at Buckingham Palace.


Sophie Dahl, granddaughter of Roald Dahl, will appear on stage to introduce a specially written show for the nation to watch live on the BBC.






Great British Menu


Great British Menu is a new Daytime series showcasing a UK nationwide search for the best of British cuisine.


A perfect four course menu will be created through a tense competition between some the nation's finest chefs.


The menu will be served to the Queen and guests at a lunch in honour of Her Majesty's 80th birthday.


Fourteen chefs representing seven different nations and regions are scouring the country for the best local ingredients.


Taking their inspiration from the local area and the traditions of British food each chef is then creating a unique four-course menu.


These recipes will reflect and interpret the range and diversity of British food in 2006.


The series pits two chefs against each other, region by region, nation by nation. Each menu will consist of a starter, fish course, main course and dessert.


A panel of experts on British food - Prue Leith, Matthew Fort and Oliver Peyton - will decide which menu from each region or nation will go through to the public vote in the eighth and final week.


The series will be presented by former BBC Royal Correspondent and broadcaster Jennie Bond.


The programme starts on 10 April and airs from Monday to Friday.


Beating Retreat


Thursday 15th June 2006, 7.00-8.00pm


To celebrate HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's 85th Birthday, 240 musicians from The Massed Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines will fill Horse Guards Parade in central London to perform their world renowned Beating Retreat; one of the oldest military battle traditions with references to it dating back to the 16th century.


The Duke, who is Captain General of the Royal Marines, the emergency strike force of the Royal Navy, takes a keen interest in the corps and will take the salute on this occasion with HM The Queen watching the spectacular ceremony.


It offers a rare opportunity to see an iconic piece of military tradition of the highest quality.


Notes to Editors


Her Majesty The Queen will be visiting the BBC's Broadcasting House in London on Thursday 20 April to mark the refurbishment of the building.






A full press pack is available for the Broadcasting House Project, which is available in PDF format. You may need Adobe Acrobat software to read PDF files which can be obtained free from the Adobe Reader website


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