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Queen Elizabeth invites Zim motocross sensation Tanya to her 92nd birthday

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By Sports Reporter

ZIMBABWEAN motocross sensation Tanya Muzinda has been invited to attend Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd official birthday in London on Saturday as her profile continues to grow around the world due to her exploits on the racing track.

The 13 year old rider, who has, in recent years, established herself as the poster-girl of Zimbabwean motocross received the invitation for this year’s celebrations from the British Ambassador to Zimbabwe Catriona Laing.

Muzinda told NewZimbabwe.com that the invitation came as a pleasant surprise.

“I am honoured to be invited to the Queen’s birthday. I was not expecting this at all and I did not even know that they will be celebrating her birthday. I am really thankful to the British Embassy for inviting me for such a big occasion and I am really looking forward to it,” Muzinda said.

The young rider’s father Tawanda, who will accompany Tanya together with her mother Emma to London, said: “It’s a great honour to be acknowledged by and be associated with the British Embassy especially now that our country is going through a period of re-engagement with Britain.

“What makes it even more special is that Tanya has been racing a lot in the UK and is more of a competitor but they have shown diplomatic acumen in inviting a rival to celebrate the birthday of their queen.”

Queen Elizabeth celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on (usually) the second Saturday in June.

The tradition is linked to the unreliable British weather, with the royal family wanting to hold the grand royal birthday parade in the summer sun.

It will be a first appearance at the grand occasion for Muzinda, who is the European Union ambassador for Food Security in Rural Areas in Zimbabwe, has been riding on the crest of a wave following her successful season.

The young prodigy was recently crowned the Junior Sportswoman of the Year at the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Regional Annual Sports awards in Johannesburg, South Africa due to her exploits in off-road racing.

She becomes the second Zimbabwean to attend Queen Elizabeth’s birthday celebrations this year after UK-based 16 year-old music sensation Donel Mangena, who was invited to perform at the Queen’s 92nd birthday celebrations by Prince Harry in April.

Mangena, who came second in the British reality television singing competition, The Voice joined a host of big name acts to perform at The Queen‘s 92nd birthday concert at The Royal Albert Hall.

Introduced by the Prince as a ‘star of the future’, Donel gave a confident and energetic performance of Pharrell’s ‘Happy’.

Other artists who also performed on the night included Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Sting and Shaggy, Shawn Mendes, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Anne-Marie and Craig David.