UPDATED: The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration sells out

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration, due to take place in May, has sold out of public tickets.

The Ticket Factory, which handled ticket sales of the celebrations, reported that more than 7,000 tickets were sold within the first hour, with peak sales of over 400 tickets a minute after they went on sale at 9am yesterday (24 November).

The ticketing agency’s Contact Centre in Birmingham’s NEC also reported receiving calls from more than 2,000 people hoping to buy tickets.

“We’ve had an overwhelming response from the public for tickets to celebrate The Queen’s 90th Birthday and we aren’t surprised at how quickly they have sold out,” said The Ticket Factory’s managing director Stuart Cain.

The Queen’s Birthday will take place in Home Park, Windsor Castle on 12-15 May 2016, with thousands gathering to celebrate.

UPDATE: Organisers have announced a second chance grab for tickets to The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration.

Simon Brooks-Ward, producer and director, confirmed: “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.”

The free ballot for tickets will open sometime in early 2016. This second wave of tickets is for a pre-performance party on the final night, 15 May.