People have the opportunity to personally wish the Queen a happy 90th birthday.
Mill Street East based company UK Greetings has designed a card for people to leave their messages to the long-reigning monarch, who is 90 today.
The Mayor of Kirklees Paul Kane – who will host a celebratory event today –was the first to jot down his well-wishes to Elizabeth II on Tuesday morning.
He visited UK Greetings with Mayoress Susan Bedford and Dewsbury town crier Laurie Gilbert to meet the company’s chief executive officer Gary Rowley.
Mr Rowley said: “It was an honour to be asked to create this beautiful card which will allow the residents of Dewsbury the opportunity to wish her Majesty the Queen a very happy 90th birthday.
“We at UK Greetings are delighted we were able to commemorate this and would like to take the opportunity to wish her many happy returns.”
Anyone who wants to sign the card should drop into the reception room at Dewsbury town hall today between 3.30pm and 5.30pm, where the Mayor and Mayoress will host a special event with tea and buns.
Town crier Laurie Gilbert will take to the town hall’s steps to announce the ceremony at the start.
The Queen will today mark the occasion with a dinner staged in her honour by her family – coinciding with events up and down the country, including the lighting of more than 1,000 beacons.
But on her official birthday on June 11, which this year falls on a Saturday, there will be a weekend of celebrations. These include the traditional Trooping the Colour and the Patron’s Lunch, where 10,000 guests, including the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, will gather in The Mall for a sit-down celebration.
Street parties are also be ing encouraged across the country.
When Elizabeth II became the nation’s longest-reigning monarch last autumn – passing Queen Victoria’s impressive record – she remarked that living to a ripe old age can itself bring many anniversaries.
“Inevitably a long life can pass by many milestones. My own is no exception,” she said.