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Queen throws 50th birthday tea for Blue Peter show

25th September 2008

The Queen is a fan of the show and even owns a Gold Badge... so Her Majesty is gladly hosting a tea party to mark the 50th anniversary of Blue Peter.

The special event at Buckingham Palace will see former presenters from the BBC show's five decades (Zoe Salmon and Gethin Jones) join new hosts Helen Skelton and Joel Defries and fellow presenter Andy Akinwolere. And the Queen will present four deserving viewers with a special jubilee edition of the Gold Blue Peter Badge.

A Palace spokesman said last night: "We are looking forward to the tea party and rewarding the achievements of the four children."

He added that since the Queen had already received the gold badge, she "was delighted to return the favour". Show editor Tim Levell said: "Blue Peter has been at the heart of children's lives for 50 years and we're delighted the Queen is recognising it. Four lucky viewers will have a great day."

The quartet - from each of the home countries - will be chosen for remarkable skills or bravery. Film of the party will be shown on Blue Peter on Thursday, October 16.

Former editor Biddy Baxter said: "The Queen was awarded a Gold Blue Peter Badge on her Golden Jubilee, so what could be more fitting than marking Blue Peter's 50th birthday by presenting them to four outstanding children."

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