ONE THOUSAND Tickets for a not-for-profit event to celebrate the Queens official birthday will be available to the general public for £150 (€195) per person.
Peter Phillips, the only son of HRH the Princess Royal, and grandson of the queen, has confirmed that a ‘Patron’s Lunch’will happen on June 12 in London.
Attendees will feast on individual hampers and enjoy live entertainment, from tables set up along The Mall.
10,000 guests will be invited in total. The majority will be representatives from the 600 charities and organisations patronised by the Queen and will include those from Barnardo’s and Cancer Research UK.
These organisations will also have to pay £150 per person to attend the Royal street party, which could mean that the charities will divert nearly £1.5 million (€1.95 million) from good causes to pay for this day of celebration. though they will be permitted to use 40 per cent of their allocated tickets for fundraising purposes.
The 1000 public tickets will be allocated by an online ballot happening next month.
The event will be subsidised by corporate sponsors including British retail giants M&S and Boots. A spokeswoman from the Royal Household confirmed that any surplus profit from tickets will be donated to charity.
Some of those involved with the Queen’s chosen charities have already issued a response to news of the event, with Action for Children describing it as a “unique opportunity to be able to reward some of our volunteers and supporters.”
Other organisations were less enthused by the price of tickets and were said to be still considering whether to attend.
It is hoped that news of the event will inspire communities nation-wide to replicate the Patron’s Lunch event in their local area, and use it as an opportunity to raise money for local charities.