Tea Party at Windsor Castle
It was truly memorable day for Claires Court pupils on Friday 10 June, when, along with a number of other schools they invited by Discovery Education to attend a ‘Happy Birthday Your Majesty Tea Party’ at Windsor Castle.
Shown as a live broadcast, the twenty boys and girls from Year 5, took part in the special celebrations for the Queen's 90th birthday . In the morning the pupils were given the exciting opportunity to visit the Castle's State Apartments. After this the children were taken to the quadrangle outside the Queen's apartments where a magnificent tea party was arranged. The pupils were dressed as characters from two different decades of the Queen's life, 1930s and 1990s. Both these groups contained Queen Elizabeth as she would have been at that time. During the tea party and broadcast, pupils from Claires Court were interviewed by Diane Louise Jordan (former Blue Peter Presenter).
The showstopping finale was a rousing rendition of the National Anthem, sung by all the schools involved along with choir boys of St George's, Windsor. Prizes were awarded for the best dressed table which, to the delight of the pupils, was awarded to Claires Court Schools 1990s table. Thank you to Discovery Education for inviting us , a lovely day was had by all, including those who watched their peers live on TV from back in school.
Here is an account written by Lewis Moorby, Jake Foster, Louis Stewart, Jonah Stevens and Jamie Shepherd;
“On Friday 10th June 2016 we set off in a minibus. We all felt very excited and very nervous at the same time because we were going to be on live television.
When we arrived, we had the honour of skipping the very long queue. We felt like celebrities because people of the general public were taking photos of us.
We started the day with a tour of the castle. We were very excited as we got to see areas that the general public can’t see. As we entered the quadrangle where the event was happening, we had a very nerve-wracking feeling but also very proud.
Whilst filming was going on, each table had plates of cakes, sausage rolls, sandwiches, fruit and crisps. There was also cups of squash and lemonade. The only problem was that if they weren’t filming, we weren’t allowed to eat it, which was torture!!!
They had the tables set up from each decade from her Majesty’s life and the 1990s from Claires Court, won ‘The Best Looking Table’. Our prize was a pencil case with a pencil with a corgi on the end and a coin to commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Discovery Education kindly gave us two photos showing the Queen from the 1930s and the 1990s.
It was a brilliant experience and we made history!
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Photos courtesy: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016.