Born in 1926? There’s an invitation to Ripon Cathedral waiting for you

14 March 2016

The call has gone out for a unique group of people to help celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

To mark the special birthday, the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire is organising a celebration on Sunday 12 June in Ripon Cathedral. Around a thousand guests are expected to attend and it’s hoped that amongst them will be some special 90 year olds living in the Lieutenancy area, which includes York, North Yorkshire and the area south of the River Tees (formerly covered by Cleveland).

And the Lieutenancy needs the help of local communities to track them down.

People whose date of birth is either 21 April or 12 June 1926 (the dates of the Queen’s actual and official birthdays), can apply for a free ticket for themselves and someone to accompany them. Anyone with birthdays on these dates will be guaranteed an invitation to this prestigious celebration.

There’s also a draw for tickets to attend the birthday celebrations at Ripon Cathedral for anyone celebrating a 90th birthday on any date in 2016.

To fill in the online application, go to  You can make the application yourself, or it can be made on your behalf by a member of your family or by anyone else. The Lieutenancy is hoping that a wide cross-section of North Yorkshire’s  communities will be represented, including those all-important 90 year olds who have contributed so much throughout the Queen’s reign.


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