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Pooped pigeon delivers royal surprise to animal rescuers

The Queen's pigeon Credit: Scottish SPCA

Animal welfare officers who rescued a lost pigeon in East Lothian were surprised to discover it had a royal owner - the Queen.

The Scottish SPCA was called when the exhausted bird was spotted at Haddington, in East Lothian earlier this month.

Staff traced it back to its owner and the racing pigeon has now been returned to the royal loft at Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

"I've rescued many pigeons during my career with the Scottish SPCA but this was certainly a first for me. I was really excited when I found out it was one of the Queen's racing pigeons. We were able to identity where the pigeon had come from using the ring number on its leg and arrangements were made for it to be collected.The poor bird was exhausted and it was a cold, dark and windy night when it was found. Thankfully someone contacted us as it would have been very easy prey for a cat."

– Connie O'Neill, charity's animal rescue officer
It would have taken 80 minutes in a plane to fly to Haddington Credit: Google Maps

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Princess Royal visits Luton to open new advice centre

The Princess Royal has opened a new Citizens Advice Bureau in Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Princess Royal has been in Luton to officially open a new Citizens Advice Bureau that aims to help thousands more people cope with everyday problems, from debt to relationship breakdown. She's been patron of the National Association of Citizens for more than 25 years.

Click below to see Russell Hookey's report

Queen's long Christmas break in Norfolk comes to an end

The Queen at King's Lynn station as she left Norfolk to return to London. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

The Queen's Christmas break in Norfolk as come to an end - as she today boarded a train bound for London.

She was photographed walking along the platform at King's Lynn station before joining other passengers on the journey to King's Cross.

The Queen arrived at the Sandringham Estate in the middle of December and has made a number of public appearances during her seven-week stay, including attending a ceremony honouring those who died in the Gallipoli campaign.

The Queen boards at train at King's Lynn station. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

Queen congratulates local hospice on 30 years of service

Many hands to shake as her Majesty met the team

The Queen has visited a hospice to congratulate them on more than 30 years of service to the community and to open their new building close to the Royal estate at Sandringham.

The Norfolk Hospice 'Tapping House' is based in the village of Hillington, where nurses specialise in providing care to patients in advance stages of illness.

Click below to watch a full report from ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson

Suffolk Ebola survivor collects his MBE

Will Pooley collecting his MBE. Credit: ITV News

The Suffolk nurse and Ebola survivor Will Pooley has collected his MBE at Buckingham Palace.

Mr Pooley from Eyke has been honoured for his efforts in combating the disease in Africa.

He was one of more than 80 people picking up their honours. Credit: ITV News

He was among more than 80 people from the worlds of public service, charity work, business and entertainment who collected their honours from the Prince of Wales.

Mr Pooley contracted the deadly virus while treating patients in Sierra Leone in 2014. He was airlifted back to the UK where he recovered before returning to Africa to continue helping sufferers.

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Norfolk student meets the Queen and is given an award

A Norfolk student has received an award at Sandringham House from none other than the Queen.

Hannah Hodges, who's 19 was joined by her parents and younger sister Niamh to get the award for outstanding academic achievement.

It's the 151 year that a monarch has awarded a gold medal to a student from King Edward VII Academy in King's Lynn.

Click below to watch a report by ITV news Anglia's Tanya Mercer.

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