The Queen and Prince Philip visit Essex

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are in Essex today visiting Chelmsford Cathedral and Felsted School.

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The Queen and Prince Philip help mark school's 450th anniversary

The Duke of Edinburgh meets Felsted School headmaster Dr Mike Walker.

The Queen and Prince Philip have spent the afternoon at a school in Essex helping to celebrate its 450th anniversary.

It follows this morning's trip to Chelmsford Cathedral where they marked the diocese's centenary and met volunteers.

A boarding house at Felsted School, near Dunmow, was seriously damaged by a fire in 2012.

Today, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh officially re-opened a new building as well as meeting staff and pupils.

The Queen meets staff at Felsted School. Credit: ITV News Anglia.
Pupils await the arrival of the Queen and Prince Philip at Felsted School in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia.
Pupils line up to see the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

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Essex school to welcome the Queen for lunch

Staff at Felsted School have spent the weekend preparing for the visit Credit: ITV News Anglia

An Essex school will be serving lunch to the Queen today as she visits to mark the 450th anniversary celebrations of the opening of Felsted School.

Prince Philip will join the Queen as they enjoy a school dinner, of sorts, prepared by staff there.

Staff have spent the weekend making preparations for the royal visit, including ironing table cloths.

Both students and staff will be at the lunch. Afterwards, the Queen will meet staff and students and see a display showing the history of the school.

The Queen will also open the schools new boarding house, which replaces the one that was destroyed in a fire in July 2012.

Royal visit to newly rebuilt school

The school has to be rebuilt after the 2012 fire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Chefs at a school in Essex, rebuilt following a fire in 2012, are hard at work preparing a special menu for the Queen and Prince Philip.

Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh are visiting Felsted School to celebrate its 450th anniversary and the completion of a new boarding house.

The aftermath of the fire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will have lunch in the Common Room Dining Room before meeting students and staff.

The school choir will also sing a specially-composed anthem, to mark the anniversary.