Beacon to be lit in Southsea marking Queen’s 90th birthday

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THE leader of Portsmouth City Council has written to Buckingham Palace wishing the Queen a happy 90th birthday ahead of the big occasion tomorrow.

Councillor Donna Jones revealed in her letter that Portsmouth will do its bit to celebrate the occasion.

She said: ‘I am writing on behalf of the 
City of Portsmouth to wish Her Majesty The Queen, a very joyous 90th birthday on April 21.

‘I understand the Queen will be unveiling a plaque marking the start of a four-mile Queen’s Walkway at the foot of Castle Hill in the morning and lighting the first in a chain of 1,000 beacons across the country and worldwide to celebrate both her birthday and becoming Britain’s longest-reigning British monarch, after more than 63 years.

‘In Portsmouth, home to the Royal Navy, we will be lighting a beacon at Southsea castle with residents who share The Queen’s date of birth.

‘I am pleased to inform you that we have over 15 street parties planned for June 12 to mark the final event of the birthday celebrations.

‘I would be very grateful if you could kindly pass our best wishes on.’