ITV today announced Dame Shirley Bassey and Gary Barlow OBE are to join a wealth of stars performing at The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration, an equestrian spectacular, which will air on ITV in May.
Dame Shirley Bassey and Gary Barlow will both be appearing alongside hosts Ant and Dec; Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli; actor and British tenor Alfie Boe; singer songwriter James Blunt and one of Britain’s best loved actors, Jim Carter. Also performing will be multi Brit Award nominee Jess Glynne; mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins OBE; one of Britain’s greatest soul singers Beverley Knight MBE; three times Brit Award winner Kylie Minogue OBE; documentary film maker and actor Martin Clunes OBE and Golden Globe and Emmy winning actor Damian Lewis OBE. Academy Award winning actress Dame Helen Mirren; Absolutely Fabulous creator -comedian and actress, Jennifer Saunders; stage and screen actress Imelda Staunton CBE and presenter and horticulturalist Alan Titchmarsh MBE will also be participating in this landmark celebration.
This incredible array of stars will take to the stage whilst performers in the arena will include The Oman Royal Cavalry, Chilean Huasos, The New Zealand Army Band, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Azerbaijani horses and riders, State Carriages from The Royal Mews, The South Australian Police Band, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, The Fijian Army Dancers and Band, The Tenors, 100 Military and Commonwealth Pipers and The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.
This remarkable event will take place in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and come live from the private grounds of Windsor Castle. It will tell the story of The Queen’s extraordinary life from her birth in 1926, through World War Two, to her Coronation in 1953 and a reign spanning more than 60 years. Audiences will see more than 900 horses and 1500 participants accompanied by the very best of British talent and rare archive footage, on what promises to be a spectacular evening.
Ant and Dec said “We are honoured to be hosting this special celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday. This spectacular evening will bring together some of the best known names in the entertainment world who will perform with 900 horses and 1500 participants to mark this very special birthday.”
The programme has been commissioned by Commissioning Editor, Entertainment, Peter Davey. It is produced by ITV Studios and Spun Gold Television. Lee Connolly and Sue Andrew will executive produce for ITV Studios and Nick Bullen for Spun Gold Television. The event is organised by the organising team behind Royal Windsor Horse Show.