Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration, which took place from 12 – 15 May 2016, was awarded the BAFTA for Best Live Event at the prestigious ceremony held in London’s Royal Festival Hall. Celebrity duo, Ant and Dec, collected the award on behalf of the organising team which included ITV, Spun Gold TV and The HPower Group.
On the night, special thanks went to nominee Simon Brooks-Ward, director and producer of the event and chairman of HPower, who was unable to attend due to commitments at Royal Windsor Horse Show which was running during the award ceremony. He later commented of the achievement: “We are thrilled to receive this award. It was a huge team effort and a pleasure to work with ITV and Spun Gold, in what was a memorable event. Over 1,000 people behind the scenes production team and volunteers made this happen. This award is for all their efforts in testing conditions. We should also thank all the participants who travelled from all over the country and the world to make the event what it was.”
Over 900 horses and 1,500 participants descended on the private grounds of Windsor Castle to celebrate the remarkable life of The Queen; from her birth in 1926, through World War Two, to her Coronation in 1953 and a reign spanning more than 60 years.
The event announced in December 2016, that the £1.2 million profit made from the celebration would be donated to charity. The donation was split between 10 charities, which reflected the content of the event, specifically Her Majesty The Queen’s interests; military, equestrian and the Commonwealth. The charities included The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust SSAFA, The Royal British Legion, The Animal Health Trust, The British Horse Society World Horse Welfare, The Highland Pony Society, The Fell Pony Society, The Welsh Pony and Cob Society and The Cleveland Bay Society.