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[19th May 2016]

Her Majesty The Queen's 90th birthday: Schools invited to join Windsor Castle broadcast and host tea parties worldwide
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‘Happy Birthday, Your Majesty’ will be streamed live from Windsor Castle into classrooms on 10th June

Schools around the world are being encouraged to take part in a special live broadcast next month and host tea parties to celebrate the official 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen.

Discovery Education has been given exclusive access to the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle, where a marquee will host a national schools’ tea party. 100 lucky children from UK primary schools will attend, in a unique celebration of the life of Britain's longest reigning monarch.

Presented by Diane Louise Jordan and Joe Crowley, ‘Happy Birthday, Your Majesty’ will allow pupils to step inside the historic royal residence — the family home of British kings and queens for nearly 1000 years.

Aimed at primary school pupils, the engaging interactive broadcast will explore the nine decades of The Queen’s life, and shine a light on her role in the British constitution. Pupils watching will witness a live link-up between schools in India, Canada and the UK, and learn about Her Majesty’s special relationship with Commonwealth countries the world over.

Featuring a glimpse inside Windsor Castle’s famous State Apartments, and a performance by the Choristers of St George’s Chapel, the landmark programme will allow children everywhere to play their own part in the birthday celebrations and enable schools to mark the historic event in a fun way with their own tea parties.

One of the schools attending is Claycots School, Slough. Associate Head Teacher Rebecca Whitlock said:

“'It is not everyday you are offered the opportunity to have a tea party at Windsor Castle! We feel privileged to be given the chance to celebrate The Queen’s birthday in such a unique way. Our pupils are very excited to be part of the broadcast and I’m sure the memories will stay with them for a very long time.”

Discovery Education wants to inspire schools everywhere to host their own tea parties, and is offering free resources to make it easy for them to do so. Fantastic tea party packs will be available to teachers registering to watch ‘Happy Birthday, Your Majesty’, enabling schools around the world to take part in this historic, one-time event.

Lewis Bronze, MBE, Founder and Director of Content at Discovery Education said:

“We are delighted to be have been given special access to Windsor Castle and want to enable as many schools as we can to celebrate with us on 10th June. Pupils all over the world — no matter where they are — can mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, both by taking part in our celebration and by using our digital resources to host a tea party of their own.”

The ‘Happy Birthday, Your Majesty’ tea party is freely available to all schools, and teachers are encouraged to register online here: to access the tea party resource pack and watch the 30 minute broadcast on 10th June. Schools watching live will be encouraged to participate by submitting questions online via Twitter. An on-demand version of the broadcast will be available on the Discovery Education website after the event.

Jemima Rellie, Director of Content and Audiences, Royal Collection Trust, said:

“Her Majesty The Queen has been a role model for many generations and continues to inspire children today.  All children love birthday parties, and tens of thousands visit Windsor Castle each year to find out about The Queen. We are thrilled to celebrate The Queen's birthday with schools at Her Majesty's home and indeed the home of royal history for nearly 1,000 years.”

The schools attending the tea party at Windsor are: Claycots School, Slough, Montem Academy, Slough, St George's School, Windsor, Claires Court School, Maidenhead and Beatrix Potter School, Wandsworth.

About Discovery Education

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About Royal Collection Trust

Royal Collection Trust, a department of the Royal Household, is responsible for the care of the Royal Collection and manages the public opening of the official residences of The Queen.  Income generated from admissions and from associated commercial activities contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational programmes. Royal Collection Trust’s work is undertaken without public funding of any kind.

Royal Collection Trust Learning aims to inspire audiences to engage, enjoy and learn about the Royal Collection and the official residences of The Queen by delivering education programmes and resources online or onsite at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

About St George's Chapel

The Choir of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle comprises up to 23 boy Choristers and twelve adult Lay Clerks.  The boys are educated at St George's School (a school for approximately 350 girls and boys aged 3-13 years) which is situated in the Castle grounds.  There are at least three services every day of the year in St George’s Chapel to which all are welcome; during term time services are sung six days a week.  St George’s Chapel is not only a magnificent example of 15th century architecture containing six centuries of heraldic art related to the Order of the Garter but also the burial place of ten monarchs and other members of the Royal Family from King Henry VI & King Edward IV to The Queen’s parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Although St George’s Chapel is independent of the Royal Household and Royal Collection Trust, visits for school groups are organised in tandem with Royal Collection Learning.