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Published 12/06/2016

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the Patron's Lunch in The Mall, central London in honour of the her 90th birthday, in an open topped Range Rover. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the Patron's Lunch in The Mall, central London in honour of the her 90th birthday, in an open topped Range Rover. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Cambridge in the Royal Box for the Patron's Lunch in The Mall, central London, in honour of the Queen's 90th birthday. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at the Patron's Lunch in The Mall, central London in honour of the her 90th birthday, in an open topped Range Rover. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive at the Patron's Lunch in The Mall, central London in honour of the her 90th birthday, in an open topped Range Rover. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Ten thousand picnicking revellers are expected to celebrate the Queen's birthday on The Mall beneath storm clouds
A large crowd sit in St James's Park and watch Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on big TV screens, as they drive down The Mall meeting people attending the Patrons Lunch to honour her 90th birthday. John Stillwell/PA Wire
Kathy Martin, John Loughrey, Terry Hutt, and Theresa Iredale sit in St James's Park, London and watch the Patrons Lunch on big TV screens, as members of the Royal family walk down The Mall. John Stillwell/PA Wire
a guest in The Mall during The Patron's Lunch celebrations for The Queen's 90th birthday at The Mall in London. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images/The Patron's Lunch/PA Wir
The Mall during The Patron's Lunch celebrations for The Queen's 90th birthday at The Mall in London. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images/The Patron's Lunch/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at the Patron's Lunch in The Mall, central London in honour of the her 90th birthday, in an open topped Range Rover. Toby Melville/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at the Patron's Lunch in The Mall, central London in honour of the her 90th birthday, in an open topped Range Rover. Yui Mok/PA Wire
Members of the Household Division during the Colonel's Review, the final rehearsal of the Trooping the Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, in Horse Guards Parade central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2016. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh leaving Buckingham Palace in central London to view the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade as the Queen celebrates her official birthday today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 11, 2016. The Colour being paraded is the flag of Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards - the unit last performed this special role in 2007. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry sit in a carriage during the Trooping the Colour, this year marking the Queen's 90th birthday at The Mall on June 11, 2016 in London, England. The ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II's annual birthday parade and dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Prince Andrew, Duke of York sit in a carriage during the Trooping the Colour, this year marking the Queen's 90th birthday at The Mall on June 11, 2016 in London, England. The ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II's annual birthday parade and dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Prince Andrew, Duke of York sit in a carriage during the Trooping the Colour, this year marking the Queen's 90th birthday at The Mall on June 11, 2016 in London, England. The ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II's annual birthday parade and dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex sit in a carriage during the Trooping the Colour, this year marking the Queen's 90th birthday at The Mall on June 11, 2016 in London, England. The ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II's annual birthday parade and dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Britain's Princess Beatrice of York (L), Britain's Princess Eugenie of York and Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York (R) travel in a horse-drawn carriage from Buckingham Palace on their way to Horse Guards Parade for the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London on June 11, 2016. Trooping The Colour and the fly-past are part of a weekend of events to celebrate the Queen's official 90th birthday. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex sit in a carriage during the Trooping the Colour, this year marking the Queen's 90th birthday at The Mall on June 11, 2016 in London, England. The ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II's annual birthday parade and dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex sit in a carriage during the Trooping the Colour, this year marking the Queen's 90th birthday at The Mall on June 11, 2016 in London, England. The ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II's annual birthday parade and dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L), Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince Harry (R) travel in a horse-drawn carriage from Buckingham Palace on their way to Horse Guards Parade for the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London on June 11, 2016. Trooping The Colour and the fly-past are part of a weekend of events to celebrate the Queen's official 90th birthday. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh sit in a carriage during the Trooping the Colour, this year marking the Queen's 90th birthday at The Mall on June 11, 2016 in London, England. The ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II's annual birthday parade and dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Crowds wait on the edge of Green Park near to Buckingham Palace ahead of the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London on June 11, 2016. Trooping The Colour and the fly-past are part of a weekend of events to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
A man takes a picture with his mobile phone with a 'queen' case as he waits for the royal procession to leave Buckingham Palace in central London to view the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade as Her Majesty celebrates her official birthday today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 11, 2016. The Colour being paraded is the flag of Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards - the unit last performed this special role in 2007. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Members of the Coldstream Guards march past Buckingham Palace ahead of the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London on June 11, 2016. Trooping The Colour and the fly-past are part of a weekend of events to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Armed police on patrol before the royal procession make its way down The Mall from Buckingham Palace, central London to Horse Guards Parade for the Trooping the Colour ceremony as the Queen celebrates her official birthday today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 11, 2016. The procession will be accompanied by a Sovereign's Escort of the Household Cavalry, made up of Life Guards and Blues and Royals, in their silver and gold breastplates and plumed helmets. The Colour being paraded is the flag of Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards - the unit last performed this special role in 2007. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Soldiers marching along The Mall in central London ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade as the Queen celebrates her official birthday today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 11, 2016. The Colour being paraded is the flag of Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards - the unit last performed this special role in 2007. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Members of the Household Division during the Colonel's Review, the final rehearsal of the Trooping the Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, in Horse Guards Parade central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2016. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Members of the Household Division during the Colonel's Review, the final rehearsal of the Trooping the Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, in Horse Guards Parade central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2016. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Members of the Household Division during the Colonel's Review, the final rehearsal of the Trooping the Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, in Horse Guards Parade central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2016. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Members of the Household Division during the Colonel's Review, the final rehearsal of the Trooping the Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, in Horse Guards Parade central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2016. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Members of the Household Division during the Colonel's Review, the final rehearsal of the Trooping the Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, in Horse Guards Parade central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2016. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Members of the Household Division during the Colonel's Review, the final rehearsal of the Trooping the Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, in Horse Guards Parade central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2016. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L), Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince Harry (R) travel in a horse-drawn carriage from Buckingham Palace on their way to Horse Guards Parade for the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London on June 11, 2016. Trooping The Colour and the fly-past are part of a weekend of events to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Rain soaked revellers have celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday as the Duke of Cambridge paid tribute to his grandmother "for everything you've done for your family''.

With typical British stoicism 10,000 well-wishers enjoyed the Patron's Lunch street party as they braved heavy downpours in The Mall that left them sodden.

The Duke thanked the guests attending the £150 ticket event for not letting "a little rain spoil a good day out" and praised his "granny" as someone "we all look up to in good times and in challenging moments to set an example''.

The Queen in response made the crowds laugh when she joked about future renditions of Happy Birthday: "I much appreciate the kindness of all your birthday wishes, and have been delighted and moved by the many cards and messages I have received.

"How I will feel if people are still singing Happy Birthday to me in December remains to be seen.''

William, who was joined by Kate, Prince Harry and the Duke of Edinburgh, asked the crowds gathered in The Mall: "I hope you won't mind if I say a personal thank you to the Queen - and to do so on behalf of all her grandchildren - and great-grandchildren.

"Granny, thank you for everything you have done for your family. We could not wish you a happier birthday.''

He also said: "My family has had plenty of reason to celebrate since the Queen turned 90 in April.

"The Queen's strong health and relentless energy; her sharp wit and famous sense of humour; and the fact that the Queen remains very much at the helm of our family, our nation and the Commonwealth."

Before she made an appearance the Queen was spotted peeking through a Buckingham Palace window as the persistent rain fell.

Party-goers were banned from bringing umbrellas on to the site, with organisers handing out ponchos - 12,500 of which were ready and waiting.

But the heavy showers, forecast by the Met Office who had issued a yellow rain warning, left many bedraggled and a few guests claimed the promised supply of ponchos ran out.

During a walkabout to meet revellers both Harry and William mentioned the umbrella ban with the Duke sympathising, and telling one guest: "I'm sorry, I think that's probably a security thing because of us".

Two-year-old Prince George also commented on the day's bad weather, Kate revealed to Ella Hunter-Gibbs, 19, from Surrey.

The teenager said: "She was saying that George opened the door today and said, 'it's not very nice out today Mummy, is it?'. She said 'No, it isn't George'."

Harry was in mischievous mood and asked one party-goer their opinion of the "neon" green outfit his grandmother wore to yesterday's Trooping the Colour ceremony.

And he raised the subject of Brexit with dairy farmer Mike King, 46 and his wife Rachel 48, from Iron Acton, near Bristol - but kept his own views close to his chest.

Mr King said: "I told Harry we were farmers and were hardy so we're just used to the wet. When he heard we were farmers he said 'in or out?' and I said I was going to ask him the same.

''I said 'I'm undecided' and he said 'I'm not allowed to say'.''

There was universal praise from the partygoers for their hampers filled with pork pies, Pimms and cupcakes among other treats.

A procession of dancers and marching bands entertained them with a carnival parade that was staged again for the Queen when she arrived and she watched from a royal box with her family.

Spotted among the guests were a few famous faces including Only Fools And Horses Actor David Jason and Prince Albert of Monaco who chatted to the Duke of York.

At one point the crowds were treated to the sight of the Queen and Philip in the open top state review Range Rover followed by a similar vehicle with William, Kate and Harry stood up in the back.

Peter Phillips, the Queen's grandson, masterminded the open air Patron's Lunch to mark the monarch's patronage of more than 600 charities and organisations.

Earlier in the day Audrey Asquith, from Reading, praised the event as she sat in the rain wearing a poncho and eating an ice cream.

She said: ''I think this is wonderful, I would have walked through fire (to be here).''

She and her husband had bought their tickets for the Patron's Lunch and they had spent last night in London to ensure they would not be late for the start of the event.

She added: ''We can't be bothering about the weather otherwise we wouldn't go anywhere in England.''

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