Queen’s 90th Birthday: Hedge Settings
We have to admit that we were more than a little excited when we found out that Casablanca Hire were going to be involved in the Queen’s 90th birthday party!
Her Majesty’s 90th birthday party was always going to be the party of the decade – maybe even the century. Set against the wonderful backdrop of Windsor Castle, we were asked to supply hedge settings to this historic event. On 9th May 2016, we arrived at the castle bright and early in the morning – and by the time we left later that same evening, the purpose-built venue within the castle’s grounds was transformed. And, if we do say so ourselves, the hedges played a key part in making the party a sight to behold.
And what a party it was. Over a period of 90 minutes, the Queen was taken on a celebratory journey through her life from her birth, to World War Two and on to her marriage and coronation. With 900 horses and over 1,500 participants, including actors, bands and dancers, it really was a spectacle to behold.
No expense was spared when it came to the technology used during the celebration, which consisted of an amazing mix of LED effects, theatrical lighting and video projection – all set against an absolutely stunning lit-up Windsor Castle.
The party lasted a total of 4 nights from 12th-15th May 2016, with a member of the Royal Family attending every evening. Performers came from all over the world including New Zealand, Canada, Azerbaijan and Chile.
Celebs involved in the star-studded party included Jenny Powell, Alan Titchmarsh and Simon Callow.
The Queen attended the celebrations on the final night, arriving in a sparkling coach to the sound of the national anthem. She was greeted by her family and royalty from Europe and the Middle East. Ant and Dec presented the action live on ITV and showed rare footage of Elizabeth and her sister Margaret when they were children. Later, Italian tenor Andrew Bocelli serenaded the Queen.
Throughout the evening, our hedges were on display right in front of the Queen. We were truly honoured to be asked to play a part in such a joyful, historic event – and a celebration that obviously meant so much to the Queen and her family. It was an amazing party and here at Casablanca HQ, we’re sure we’re not the only ones who’ll remember it for many years to come.
We hope this is just one of many royal parties we’ll be involved in. Casablanca Hire provides everything from marquees to furniture and catering equipment for corporate and private events. If you’re interested in hiring our (now royal) hedges – or anything else – for your event then give us a call!