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21-gun salute for Duke's 93rd birthday

The Duke of Edinburgh is 93 today Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The 93rd birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh will be celebrated in York today when soldiers from the Army's "Yorkshire Gunners" will fire a 21-gun Royal Salute over the River Ouse from Museum Gardens.

The task will be carried out at 12 noon by 5th Regiment Royal Artillery, a Regular Army unit from Catterick.

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Royal visitors at this years Great Yorkshire Show

HRH Princess Anne the Princess Royal will be a special guest at this years Great Yorkshire Show Credit: John Walton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Great Yorkshire Show will be welcoming two Royal visitors this year.

HRH The Countess of Wessex and HRH The Princess Royal will attend the event in July.

More than 130 thousand visitors are expected at this years show in Harrogate.


Campaign against Crown Estate evictions

Crown tenancies under threat Credit: PA

People living in properties owned by the Crown in Lincolnshire are campaigning against being evicted from their homes.

The Crown Estate is proposing so sell of about 200 of its 750 rural homes in the UK. More than a quarter of those are at Swayton, near Sleaford, with six families facing eviction.

They have set up a petition and claim they have always been given a verbal assurance that they can remain in their homes, as long as the rent is paid.

Fighting to keep their homes Credit: Calendar news
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21-gun salute in York for Queen's birthday

This Easter Monday, the new Royal Armoured Corps band play for the first time at the Royal Salute in York to mark the birthday of Her Majesty The Queen. Military music plays before a 21-gun salute. The band are marching from Duncombe Place, near York Minster to the Museum Gardens.

At noon, three 105 mm Light Guns will be fired by officers and soldiers of 4th Regiment Royal Artillery based in Topcliffe, near Thirsk.

Mansfield man's royal cake on auction

A slice of cake baked for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding is to be auctioned next week.

Auctioneers Mellors and Kirk are expecting the slice of fruit cake to fetch between £50 and £150 when it goes up for sale on Wednesday April 9.

It is being sold on behalf of Adrian Richardson, a former employee of Crown Speciality Packaging in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

The 59-year-old was one of a small number of employees of the firm who were sent a piece of the royal wedding cake to thank them for their work on a specially commissioned presentation tin.

He received a piece of cake in one of the tins he helped to design, with a personal thank you note from the Prince of Wales.

Crown Speciality Packaging was commissioned to make the presentation tins for the royal wedding in 2011 so that guests could take home a slice of the cake.

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