Emma’s birthday link to Her Majesty

Emma Rigbye with husband Ian and daughter Beth Maisie
Emma Rigbye with husband Ian and daughter Beth Maisie

Celebrations are being held nationwide as the Queen turns 90 today - but she is not the only person marking their birthday.

Sharing the day is mother-of-two Emma Rigbye, who is celebrating her 36th birthday.

Asha Nuttall

Asha Nuttall

Emma, from Eccleston, near Chorley, has always been aware of the royal connection.

And her initials even form the royal cypher ER.

Emma said: “When I was little my great-grandma made a real point of it. She was a real royalist and said I was very lucky to share my birthday with the Queen.”

Emma, whose husband Ian is after-sales advisor at the family’s Citroen dealership in Eccleston, will celebrate her birthday by going out with her family at the weekend..

She will spend today working at Assystem UK in Preston, where she is automotive project co-ordinator.

Emma is following the royal tradition in her family set by her grandmother, whose name was Edna Ryding and therefore had the same initials.

Edna and husband Frank got married in the same year as the Queen and they were invited to Buckingham Palace during their golden wedding anniversary year.

Also celebrating the occasion is six-year-old Asha Nuttall, from Walton-le-Dale, who appears on the wrapper of a commemorative chocolate bar from the Grown Up Chocolate Company.

Asha’s photograph was taken a couple of years ago and her mum Lynne has ordered 70 chocolate bars.

Lynne said: “I’m absolutely over the moon, absolutely thrilled to bits. I’m proud as punch. It’s a special thing to wish the Queen happy 90th birthday. She’s going to send her a card as well and send her a chocolate bar.”

Beacons will be lit around the country tonight to mark the Queen’s birthday.

In Lancashire, there will be official beacons lit at: Rivington Pike near Chorley, Beacon Country Park in West Lancashire, Clitheroe Castle, Bentham, near Lancaster, The Mount in Fleetwood, Fairhaven Lake in Fairhaven, and Earby in Pendle.