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Quintinshill rail disaster tree vandalised

The tree was planted in memory of the Quintinshill rail disaster Credit: ITV Border

Police Scotland report that a commemorative tree planted in May this year by HRH Princess Anne at Gretna Green has been cut down sometime overnight Friday 21 August.

The pear tree was planted to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Quintinshill rail disaster.

Constable Andy Aitken of Police Scotland at Gretna said:

it beggars belief that someone has carried out such a wanton act of vandalism.

We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area of The Green at Gretna Green to get in touch through 101 if they can help."

– Andy Aitken, Police Scotland

Police Constable Ewan Fraser says the police are appealing for information form the public.

The Queen in the Border region: send us your photos

Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Cumbria in 2013 Credit: PA

On September 9, Her Majesty the Queen will have reigned for 63 years and 217 days making her the longest serving Monarch in British History.

To mark this occasion we'd like to celebrate the reign of Queen Elizabeth II by sharing your memories of her.

If you have footage you filmed of the Queen during one of her many visits to our region over the last six decades, then we'd like you to get in touch.

Perhaps you have photos or video of the day the Queen came to your school, town or workplace?

If you'd like to join in our celebration then email us at btvnews@itv.com orsend us a message via our Facebook or Twitter.

You can also write to us at:

Lookaround ITV Border 1 Clifford Court Cooper Way Carlisle CA3 0JG.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during a royal visit to Whitehaven in 2008 Credit: PA

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HRH Princess Royal tours Cumbrian Distillery

Princess Anne visiting the Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite Credit: ITV Border

Princess Anne has visited a whisky distillery as part of her official tour of Cumbria.

Founder and managing director of The Lakes Distillery, Paul Currie, welcomed her Royal Highness Princess Anne to the distillery’s picturesque setting overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake today before inviting her to tour the £7m development.

The Princess Royal inspecting a mash tun which starts the whisky brew at Lakes Distillery Credit: ITV Border

It was an incredible honour to have Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal officially open The Lakes Distillery, all of us will remember this day for years to come.

As the only distillery in Cumbria, we are very proud of our team and our facilities which are already producing award-winning spirits. It was a pleasure to be able to present the fruit of our hard work to such a prestigious guest.

Her Royal Highness’ visit marks the start of our first summer season open to the public. We expect to attract 100,000 guests of all ages to the distillery each year, who will be able to follow the same tour as Her Royal Highness, and we hope they enjoy their visit just as much.”

– Paul Currie, Lakes Distillery

Princess Anne visited the stillroom where The Lakes Vodka, Gin and Single Malt is produced, as well as the Bistro at the Lakes Distillery before unveiling a plaque in the courtyard to mark its official opening.

Princess Anne unveiling the plaque at the official opening of the Lakes Distillery Credit: ITV Border

Following the official opening, The Princess Royal added:

it's lovely to see these sorts of old agricultural buildings find a really good re-use"

– HRH Princess Royal

Princess Royal arrives in Carlisle

As part of her tour of Cumbria HRH The Princess Royal has arrived at the Save The Children Shop in Carlisle.

Princess Anne begins her tour of Cumbria today Credit: ITV Border
Royal visiting Save The Children Credit: ITV Border

Following her visit to Save The Children this morning, Princess Anne greeted people from the Carlisle Citizens Advice Bureau.

HRH Princess Royal arriving at the Carlisle Citizens Advice Bureau Credit: ITV Border

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Cumbria welcomes royal visit

Princess Anne will be visiting Cumbria today Credit: PA

Glasses will be raised to a royal visitor in Cumbria today as the Princess Royal officially opens the Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite. It's England's largest whisky distillery.

Princess Anne will also visit the Save the Children shop in Carlisle and call into CN Group in Carlisle to mark 200 years of the Cumberland News

Angus Robertson: Smith Commission a 'minimum' agreement

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Responding to the devolution announcement in today's Queen Speech, SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson has said the government should offer powers beyond the Smith Commission.

Her Majesty's Speech detailed new powers for Scotland, including the ability to raise 40% of taxes and decide about 60% of public spending.

The proposal are in line with what was agreed by the cross-party Smith Commission, but the MP for Moray claims circumstances have since changed.

“When it comes to more powers for Scotland, the ball is in David Cameron's court.

"Anything less than implementation of the Smith Commission in full would be a breach of faith.

"But the Tories must also respond to the election result and react positively to proposals for a transfer of powers beyond Smith, a position which won overwhelming support in the election."

– Angus Robertson, SNP Westminster Leader
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