In a few weeks’ time Her Majesty the Queen will celebrate her 90th birthday and events to mark this occasion are being held all over Britain.
To commemorate this special day, I am organising a competition for primary school children throughout the constituency, inviting them to produce a picture of the Queen.
Four years ago I organised a similar contest to mark the Diamond Jubilee and youngsters throughout the area really enjoyed taking part.
Each school will judge its own entries and choose two winners and these winning entries will be displayed in the Civic Centre in Dartford during the month of May to coincide with the official celebrations.
The two winners will also receive an invitation to visit the Palace of Westminster, so they can see where The Queen performs some of her official duties.
The competition runs until the middle of April with the winners being chosen by the end of the month.
So far we have had a great response with more than half of the primary schools indicating they will be taking part and I am hoping every school will get involved.
I am looking forward to celebrating our longest reigning monarch’s special birthday. As well as major events in London, people are being invited to host street parties to mark this momentous occasion.
I hope children of all ages will take up this competition challenge and I look forward to welcoming the winners to the Houses of Parliament.