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Queen's unique birthday gift

Her Majesty will be receiving numerous presents this year to mark her 90th birthday but perhaps none will be as unique as this one.

Miniature portrait of the Queen. Credit: Tony Huggins-Haig Gallery

It's from artist Graham Short and is a portrait of the Queen on a tiny speck of gold within the eye of a needle. It's so small that it can only be viewed through a microscope. Before it's presented to Her Majesty in June, you can see it on display in Kelso at the Tony Huggins-Haig Gallery.

Fairytale castle in the Borders to reopen next month

Thirlestane Castle. Credit: ITV News

Thirlestane Castle in the Scottish Borders is reopening its doors.

Restoration work, which began in 2013 on the discovery of an outbreak of dry rot, is continuing but almost all of the public areas of the historic Borders castle are back to their best.

A wall affected by dry rot in 2013. Credit: ITV News

The castle near Lauder, which is still home to the Maitland family, will reopen on May 3rd.

Celebrating in style... just like the Queen!

Now hard to believe but this week Her Majesty turned 90 and throughout April, May and June a host of public events are planned to mark her special birthday.

Joining in the celebrations this weekend is a woman from Penrith. Eleanor Gardner is the same age as the Queen but until now, has never had a birthday party. Kate Walby went to meet her:

Beacons to be lit across the Border region for the Queen's 90th birthday

Queen Elizabeth II meets well wishers during a walkabout close to Windsor Castle in Berkshire as she celebrates her 90th birthday. Credit: PA

Beacons of light around Cumbria and the south of Scotland will add to the celebrations of the Queen's 90th birthday.

More than a thousand beacons will be lit across the UK with the first one being lit at 7pm at Windsor Castle.

In the Borders, beacons/bonfires will be lit at 8.30pm at the following locations:

  • Hawick
  • Kelso
  • Galashiels
  • Lauder
  • Bonchester Bridge
  • Peniel Heugh
  • Selkirk
  • Newcastleton
  • Eildon Hills
  • Morebattle

In Cumbria, Kendal Castle and Bitts Park in Carlisle will see beacons being lit:

  • Kendal Castle: 8.15pm
  • Bitts Park, Carlisle: 7.30pm

In Dumfries & Galloway, a beacon will be lit on the Solway Coast, at Carsethorn, where many of the Cumbrian beacons will be visible across the Solway.

That will begin at 7.30pm outside the Steamboat Inn.


Prince Charles visits Pooley Bridge

The Prince of Wales is visiting parts of our region that were affected by the floods to see how communities are recovering.

This morning, His Royal Highness made a stop at Pooley Bridge where he met many people whose businesses were affected after the 300-year-old bridge collapsed.

He's also visiting Penrith, Keswick and Grasmere today.

Prince Charles greets bystanders in Pooley Bridge Credit: ITV Border
Prince Charles surveys the new temporary structure at Pooley Bridge Credit: ITV Border
The Prince meets two Renault Twizzys - the Lake District electric cars. Credit: ITV Border
Crowds gather to welcome Prince Charles Credit: ITV Border
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