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The Queen’s special wish for her 90th birthday this month is a clear-up of the whole country — litter such as takeaway packaging and plastic bottles did not exist when she came to the throne in 1952. As part of the national “Clean for the Queen” campaign, Glastonbury volunteers on Palm Sunday concentrated on Wearyall Hill between Northover and the town centre and on Windmill Hill.
On her day, April 21, the National Trust will light a beacon on the Tor to honour Elizabeth II as the first reigning British sovereign ever to reach age 90.
The Conservation Society’s effort toward the celebrations is a new surface of planings along Paradise Lane. Work has started, but completion awaits dry weather. Ian Tucker has trimmed hedges to give a view toward Wells, and a bench is to be added. Wildflowers along the lane are a Glastonbury in Bloom project.
The main pageant for the Queen’s 90th takes place at Windsor Castle May 12–15; the final night will be on television. On June 10 is a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, and on June 11 is Trooping the Colour, also known as the Queen’s Birthday Parade.
The Queen nearly shares her natal day with the Conservation Society’s president, John Brunsdon. His is April 23, two years behind her.