The four-day extravaganza will take place in May in the shadow of Windsor Castle

By Simon Perry
Updated November 24, 2015 11:00 AM
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Let the royal countdown begin!

Queen Elizabeth turns 90 next April, and planning for a series of festive events is well under way.

Tickets went on sale on Tuesday for a special four-day extravaganza in the shadow of Windsor Castle between May 12-15. And they are selling fast, with three of the four days already sold out.

More than 900 horses and 1,500 people from around the world will take part in the celebrations in Windsor’s Home Park. Members of the royal family are expected at each evening, with the Queen attending on the last night.

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And, seeing as it is for the animal-mad monarch, her love of corgis (and dorgis a cross between dachshunds and corgis), horses and even racing pigeons will be celebrated in the shows.

Singer Katherine Jenkins will be among those performing at the event, which will also feature army bands from around the world and horse and carriage demonstrations by armed forces from across the Commonwealth.

With a limited 25,000 tickets for sale there’s also a chance to be part of the festivities for lucky winners of a lottery. Those who don’t have tickets for one of the four evening shows can apply for one of 5,000 free tickets. That will allow them to see the red-carpet arrivals by celebrities and to watch the final performance on giant screens.

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The Queen’s actual birthday is on April 21 – but she normally publicly marks her milestone in June, with the Trooping the Colour parade in London.

Also in June, Princes William and Harry join with their cousin Peter Phillips in helping to host an enormous street party in their grandmother’s honor. Then, on the Sunday of the central weekend of celebrations, June 11-12, about 10,000 guests are expected on the Mall leading to Buckingham Palace for what’s hoped to be a record-breaking street party, called the Patrons’ Lunch.