Sunday June 12, 2016 saw The Patron’s Lunch, a celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s lifetime dedicated to the service and patronage of more than 600 charities and organisations across the UK and Commonwealth. The event also marked the occasion of her 90th birthday.
The Mall in St. James’s Park in London was transformed for its largest ever street party with 10,000 guests. The majority attending were from the charities and organisations to whom Her Majesty gives her patronage.
The famous Christ's Hospital band moved to the beat of the 90s, which was just one of the seven decades of the Queen’s reign being represented during the parade. The Christ's Hospital band was thrilled to be the only school band to be taking part in what was a very special carnival style event.
Guy Perricone, Treasurer of Christ’s Hospital, said: “Even the rain could not dampen my pride when I watched the CH band march down The Mall in the parade twice (once in the pouring rain, and once, mercifully, in the dry). They were resplendent and absolutely magnificent. Everybody I was with said the same, and those who are not familiar with the school immediately wanted to know who these brilliant children were. As ever, they were wonderful and were undoubtedly one of the highlights of what was a very special day indeed.”
Alex Stewart, Year 11 pupil at CH and band member, when asked what it was like to part of the Patron’s Lunch Parade, said: “The crowds erupted into cheering and clapping as we set off down the mall with the 90’s classics ‘Wannabe’ followed by ‘Tub-thumping’ and Mambo No 5. The music was very different to our usual style but everyone, including the musicians, thoroughly enjoyed the vibrancy and the rhythm of the songs. The highlight of the day was during the second parade, we lined up in front of the cameras ready to stun the audience with our Tudor appearance. Prompted by our bandmaster we emerged to the crowd, and under cheers of the crowd and the sound of the band I heard our School announced over the loudspeaker; filling me with tremendous honour. The sun had finally come into view as we closed in on the end of The Mall, I caught a few glimpses of the royal family overlooking the procession, and I became overwhelmed with pride as we turned away and continued to complete the circuit round St James Park.”