A Royal Knees Up!
16th June 2016
In April 2016 The Queen turned 90 and is now, perhaps, the most famous nonagenarian in the world. However, Saturday 11th June was the date of this year’s Trooping of the Colour and represented the official annual celebration of Her Majesty’s birthday.
Consequently, events and activities were held over the weekend to commemorate the occasion across the length and breadth of the UK.
Plenty of Regal Revelry
Salford Shopping Centre hosted a day of regal revelry on Saturday which incorporated plenty of free royal-themed entertainment. This included a Jubilant Jewels Craft Workshop where little princes and princesses could make crowns and tiaras using paints, glitter and gems.
“Our Queen’s 90th Birthday event was a fantastic occasion and provided the perfect opportunity for Salford residents to come together to celebrate the 90 years of our reigning monarch. We’d like to thank everyone who participated and contributed to such a successful day.”
Les Rylance, Centre Manager of Salford Shopping Centre
All materials were provided on the day and instruction and guidance were given from supervisors. Over 150 children took part with some royally good headwear being created.
Visitors to the centre could also pose for photos on a luxurious throne next to a life-size cut out of The Queen. These Sovereign Selfies have now been uploaded to the shopping centre’s Facebook page where followers are currently voting for their favourite.
The owner of the picture with the most likes will bag £90 to spend at the shopping centre. The competition closes on Friday but has already reached over 7,000 people!
Generosity is the virtue of all royals, so a number of activities took place during the event to raise monies for The Extra Care Charity. A charity raffle gave shoppers the chance to win a prize every 90 minutes on the day, prizes included Greggs gift cards, a £20 Boots gift card and a Max Spielmann portrait sitting.
“We were delighted to be involved in Salford Shopping Centre’s event. It was a great idea and everyone who came along thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Our cake stall combined with the raffle sales raised £125 which we are delighted with! We would like to thank everyone who contributed for their generosity and we look forward to getting involved with more exciting events in the future.”
Denise McCarthy, The Extra Care Charity
There was also a Royal Street Party where families could buy tea and cakes with all proceeds going to The Extra Care Charity. In total, £125 was raised for the charity.
A Huge Success!
Overall, Salford Shopping Centre’s royal birthday celebration was a huge success. As well as raising a princely sum for charity and great social media engagement, many happy families took part in the event.
To see all the photos from our event please visit our Facebook page!