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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 June 2006, 16:46 GMT 17:46 UK
Queen's 80th party map unveiled

A map showing Buckingham Palace as a theme park featuring children's literature has been unveiled to mark the Queen's 80th birthday.

The grounds will host a garden party on Sunday featuring references to books by authors such as Beatrix Potter, AA Milne and Rudyard Kipling.

Some 2,000 children and 1,000 adults, who won tickets through a ballot, will attend the Queen's birthday party.

The map and a programme will be handed out to guests on the day.

Live show

The illustrated map was drawn by Amorel Hamilton from designers Squash Post, which created the programme of events.

The theme park will include references to Toad of Toad Hall, Thomas the Tank Engine, Jungle Book, the Tale of Peter Rabbit, Fairyland and Hundred Acre Wood.

Guests will collect their food hampers, put together by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, from the Royal Tea Tent.

The Queen will attend a live performance on a specially-built stage in the grounds, starring Jonathan Ross, Julie Walters, Martin Clunes and Ronnie Corbett.

The show, called The Queen's Handbag, follows the hunt to find who stole the Queen's bag containing her speech and to return it in time for her to deliver it at the show's end.


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