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21-gun salute in Colchester for Queen's official birthday

Hundreds of people gathered in Colchester to watch as airborne gunners fired a Royal Salute in Colchester to mark the Queen’s official birthday.

21-gun salute in Colchester for Queen's official birthday Credit: British Army

A battery of six guns from the Colchester based 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery fired a 21-gun salute in Castle Park at noon.

The Band of The Parachute Regiment performed a formal marching display before the Royal Salute.

“It is a great honour for Colchester Garrison to be a Royal Saluting Station. The salute provides a wonderful occasion for soldiers to put on a show for the people of Colchester and thank them for their support. The gunners and musicians performed impeccably in front of a large and appreciative audience to send our congratulations to Her Majesty The Queen.”

– Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Caldwell, Commander of Colchester Garrison

The guns fired were 105 mm Light Guns, the same type used by 7 Para for its operational role with 16 Air Assault Brigade, which is ready to deploy on operations anywhere in the world at short notice.

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Honoured Mary Beard says her children will treat her as a pantomime dame

The Cambridge classics professor and television presenter Mary Beard is now a Dame. Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Cambridge classicist Mary Beard said it was a "smashing honour" to be made a dame in the Queen's Birthday honours.

Beard, who was awarded an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours, will receive a damehood for services to the study of classical civilisations.

The University of Cambridge professor is well-known for her online presence and regular appearances on classics and discussion panel programmes on the BBC, as well as contributing to Radio 4 series A Point Of View.

Yet she expects her friends and family to throw around a few jokes.

"I think there will be a bit of ribaldry to be honest - and a few jokes about 'pantomime dames'. But all good fun," she said.<

"It is of course a smashing honour. I feel especially pleased that someone working on the ancient classical world gets honoured in this way.

"I'd like to treat it as a bit of a tribute to the Greeks and Romans themselves - as well as to all my wonderful academic colleagues who also do so much for the study of antiquity."<

– Dame Mary Beard

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Nurses from East Anglia invited to Royal Wedding

Nurses Lucy Andrews and Vicky Amiss-Smith has been invited to the Royal Wedding. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two nurses from Cambridge and Bedford have been invited to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday.

Lucy Andrews and Vicky Amiss-Smith will be donning their best frocks and heading to watch the ceremony in a special area of Windsor Castle.

They're part of an invited group of people who work for charities that are important to the royal couple.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

Norfolk charity to benefit from Harry & Meghan's wedding

The charity Scotty's Little Soldiers set up by Nikki Scott is set to benefit from Harry and Meghan's wedding. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Instead of asking guests to bring presents when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married at Windsor they've chosen seven charities for people to donate to.

One of those selected was the charity Scotty's Little Soldiers based in King's Lynn in Norfolk.

It was founded by war widow Nikki Scott after her husband and father to her two children, Corporal Lee Scott, was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.

Since then the charity's helped hundreds of families in similar circumstances.

  • Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Chloe Keedy about one family who have been helped
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