As the weekend of celebrations marking the Queen’s milestone drew to a close, Prince William told thousands of well-wishers enjoying the patron’s lunch street party that the Queen was someone “we all look up to in good times and in challenging moments to set an example”.
The Queen, in response, made the crowds laugh when she joked about future renditions of ‘Happy Birthday’: “I much appreciate the kindness of all your birthday wishes, and have been delighted and moved by the many cards and messages I have received.
“How I will feel if people are still singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to me in December remains to be seen.”
William, who was joined by his wife Kate, Prince Harry, and the Duke of Edinburgh, asked the crowds in The Mall: “I hope you won’t mind if I say a personal thank you to the Queen — and to do so on behalf of all her grandchildren — and great-grandchildren.
“Granny, thank you for everything you have done for your family. ”
The 10,000 guests gathered for the event celebrating the Queen’s patronage of more than 600 charities and organisations cheered.
They had spent much of the day under ponchos braving heavy downpours that had left them and their picnic hamper lunch sodden.
But after the Queen made an appearance, the sun soon broke through.
William told the wellwishers:
“The Queen at 90 is the one Head of State that world leaders can turn to for a first-hand perspective of the arc of history over the last six decades.
“At 90, the Queen is the leader of our country, who we all look up to in good times and in challenging moments to set an example, and to guide the way ahead.”