UPDATE: The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration!

UPDATE: The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration!

I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong. “

HRH Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday in June was a highlight of 2016 and at Burdett-Coutts, we were busy with lots of events in celebration of this momentous occasion.

To kick start the celebrations, we sent personal birthday cards to Her Royal Majesty at Buckingham Palace, to which we received a personal thank-you! Then in the week beginning the 23rd of May, every class was busy baking and decorating their own cakes in our inaugural BC Great British Bake Off. The cakes were judged by members of School Council and after some spirited and good natured competition, the winners were announced!

Congratulations to the children of Burningham Class (Year 1), Miss Talbot and Miss Maxine on their winning entry: a red, white and blue decorated marble sponge cake! Their cake was judged to be the most delicious and best decorated cake in the whole school.


Over the half term holidays, the children were invited to participate in the Design A Hat Fit For A Queen competition, where they had to design and make a hat, to make her Royal Highness proud! The children were encouraged to be as extravagant and creative as possible and the designs that emerged were amazing!

On Wednesday, 8th of June we continued our celebrations with a Queen’s Hat Tea Party. Our playground was decorated with red, white and blue bunting, created by the children, as well as Union Jack flags and balloons. Every child came dressed in their party clothes and they were all VERY excited.

The sun was shining and the children were able to enjoy a feast of cucumber sandwiches, Victoria sponge cake, tea cakes and scones with jam. ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’ and ‘Oranges and Lemons’ was sung with vigour and then came the highlight of the tea party – the Design A Hat Fit For A Queen Parade!

The most amazing hat designs were paraded down the runway along to cheers and applause by the entire Burdett-Coutts community. There was even a child wearing Buckingham Palace itself on his head – very impressive! We really do feel that the Queen would have been proud!


The winner of KS1 and KS2 and runners-ups were declared and they all received a certificate from a member of the school’s governing body, Mrs Sue Butcher.

Then in true British fashion, the blazing sunshine gave way to dark clouds and a torrential downpour but that failed to dampen anyone’s spirits. A quick dash round and everything was brought indoors in time to much laughter and hilarity. A truly British way to end a fantastic tea-party.

To cap off the celebrations, every child was given a commemorative coin to take home in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday. Thank you to Mrs Dyer, Ms Manuel, members of the Senior Leadership Team, the office staff and the school staff for all their hard work and efforts. Thank you too to the governors that attended and congratulations to all the winners and the participants.