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The Friends of Hartlebury Castle and the Hurd Library have received a letter from Her Majesty the Queen after they wrote to inform her of their planned celebrations of her 90th birthday.

The Castle is hosting a celebratory concert with the Kidderminster Valentines choir on Saturday, June 11 at 7pm and the Friends had written to the Queen to send their congratulations on her landmark birthday. The Queen's response will now be read at the event before drinking a toast to her health and enjoying a slice of birthday cake.

This is not the first time that the Queen has honoured the Castle, in 1980 Her Majesty came to Hartlebury for lunch whilst visiting Bishop Robin Woods and planted a Magnolia Tree, which is now in full bloom. Her predecessor Queen Elizabeth I also visited Hartlebury, visiting Bishop Bullingham in 1575 and created the Queen Elizabeth walk in the Castle grounds in her honour. Those coming to the concert will be able to enjoy a picnic in front of the Queen's Magnolia Tree before the music starts, as well as having the chance to hear the Queen's letter and to join in a rendition of happy birthday.

Mary Arden Davies, Trustee for Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust, said: "It's wonderful to have had a response from Her Majesty that we can share at the concert in her honour. It was already set to be a lovely evening, but having a special message from the Queen will make it such a memorable event."

Tickets for the concert are £12 and can be purchased by calling 01299 250416 or visiting the County Museum at Hartlebury. The carriage circle will be open from 6pm for picnics, with the concert starting at 7pm.