Children's tea party on menu at the Palace

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THE Queen is to throw a children’s tea party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her Coronation.

The June 2 party, in the Palace garden, will feature pop stars, DJs, a funfair, a circus big top, children’s entertainers and military bands.

More than 500 youngsters, aged six to 12, will be invited from all over the UK, through Barnardo’s, the London Taxi Drivers’ Fund for Underprivileged Children and Saffa Forces Help.

Children at the party will include some with special needs, orphans and others from service families involved in the Iraq war.

The party will follow a morning service at Westminster Abbey where 50 years earlier, to the day, the Queen was crowned. The service, attended by members of the Royal Family, will be a "reflective" occasion and is open to 1000 members of the public who can apply for tickets to join invited VIP guests.

"We hope the party will be good fun for the children and that the weather is a little better than it was in 1953, when it rained," said a Palace spokesman. If it does rain, the party will be held in the big top.

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