Holbrook’s Royal Hospital School raises Royal Ensign as part of Queen’s 90th birthday
Celebrations to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday kicked off today at a Suffolk school with the raising of a flag.
The Royal Hospital School in Holbrook performed the ceremony at 8.15am at the front of the school.
The school’s band played the National Anthem during the raising of the Royal Ensign, followed by Happy Birthday.
The naval flags raised on the halyards also spelt out Happy Birthday Your Majesty.
At a special chapel service after the flag raising the Queen’s Banner was paraded by Year 10 pupil Henry Bezant who shares his birthday with the Queen.
Head Girl Isabelle Williams said: “This morning’s flag ceremony was a really proud moment, considering our royal connections as a school.
“Having all the pupils and staff take part made it a really special occasion, and one that we will always remember.”
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Headmaster Simon Lockyer added: “The Royal Hospital School has enjoyed more than 300 years of Royal Patronage which began in 1712 when the school was founded in Greenwich, London by Royal Charter of King William and Queen Mary.
“It is fitting that the whole school joined together to celebrate the Queen’s life, her dedication to the Commonwealth and international affairs and her deep involvement with the navy, army and air force.
“Celebrations will take a less formal theme this afternoon when we will enjoy a street party after lessons are finished.”
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