Tickets for Britain's Queen Elizabeth birthday celebrations sell out in hours

Over 25,000 tickets for the 90th birthday celebrations for Britain's Queen Elizabeth - which will be held next year in Windsor - sold out in five hours.

Tickets for Britain's Queen Elizabeth birthday celebrations sell out in hours

Tickets for the birthday celebrations for Britain's Queen Elizabeth sold out in five hours.

A total of 25,000 tickets for the four-day extravaganza - which is to be held at Windsor Castle and its surrounding grounds in May next year to mark the Queen's 90th birthday - were sold out by two in the afternoon as fans of the royal family rushed to get their hands on the coveted tickets.

A spokesperson for the event organisers told BBC News: "They were selling very, very quickly. By 9.30am, 4,000 tickets had already been sold."

Tickets for the final day - where the Queen herself would be present - sold out first and were priced between £65 and £195, with the most expensive ones offering a VIP experience, promising a space nearest the royal enclosure and access to a hospitality lounge.

Simon Brooks-Ward, the producer and director of the Queen's birthday celebrations, added previously: "We've been working hard to make this a most unique birthday celebration.

"We're especially delighted with our plans to offer an extra 5,000 people the chance to be part of the celebrations through our balloted system for tickets on The Long Walk. This will take place in the New Year."

The celebrations will feature 900 horses and over 1,500 people will participate in the event.

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