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First family photos of Prince George and Princess Charlotte to be released

New photos of Princess Charlotte with her brother to be released. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The first family photographs of Prince George with his sister Princess Charlotte will be released by Kensington Palace later today.

The informal pictures - taken by their mother the Duchess of Cambridge at their West Norfolk home of Anmer - will be released later this evening.

It follows the news that Princess Charlotte will be christened in the same church on the Sandrigham estate where her late grandmother Diana was baptised.

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Police forces facing sharp budget cuts offered no relief in Queen's speech

Police forces across the region facing sharp cuts in their budgets, have been offered no relief in today's Queen's speech.

The government policies outlined in the speech before parliament this morning set the scene for further austerity measures across the board to eliminate the national deficit.

Hertfordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd says it's about listening to what the public wants.

What I have said in my Police and Crime Commissioner plan is that there are things that the people in Hertfordshire want and that is to have local neighbourhood policing.

They want to make sure they don't have to pay anymore for policing and they want to make sure that victims are put at the heart of everything they are doing.

– David Lloyd, Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner
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Queen's speech draws praise, anger and concern

The Queen's Speech did not go down well with everyone. Credit: PA

The first all-Conservative Queen's Speech for two decades drew praise, anger and concern.

While much of the reaction will focus on the future of the UK's membership of the European Union, human rights and immigration, there were differing responses to issues closer to home.

Unions pledged to fight plans to introduce a threshold in strike ballots, while business leaders welcomed measures to increase the number of jobs and apprenticeships.

Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: "This is a Queen's Speech which entrenches inequality.

"Visits to food banks will increase as benefit cuts bite, the sale of housing association stock will not address the housing crisis and more families will be uprooted due to the bedroom tax."

While Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said: "The Government's plan to cut housing benefit for 18-21 year-olds could spell disaster for thousands of young people who cannot live with their parents.

"At an age when other young people are leaving home to travel, work or study, growing numbers could be facing homelessness and the terrifying prospect of roughing it on the streets."

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