HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR PATRON, THE QUEEN
Marine Society and Sea Cadets would like to wish our patron, Her Majesty the Queen, a very happy birthday.
The monarch celebrates her 91st birthday today and is expected to mark the occasion privately. This is in contrast to her 90th last year, which was celebrated across the country, with many - including Sea Cadets - lighting beacons in her honour.
Marine Society and Sea Cadets' royal association goes back many years. In 1899, Sea Cadets received royal recognition when Queen Victoria presented the Windsor unit with £10 for uniforms. Cadets also took part in the Thames Pageant for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and have greeted the Queen on royal visits.
Marine Society, meanwhile, dates back to 1756 and was founded when Britain was on the brink of war with Europe. The 250th anniversary of the charity on HMS Albion in Greenwich was attended by Queen Elizabeth II.