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Three times as many Knights as Dames announced

Three as many knights as Dames were announced in the Queen Birthday Honours list, it has been revealed. Just seven women were given the highest honour.

Fast facts about the list:

  • 1,163 people were recognised by the Queen for their achievements
  • Sir Jonathan Stephens, chair of the Honours Committee, said he was "very disappointed" about the names of some high-profile winners being leaked before the list was announced
  • Sports figures make up 5% of the list's recipients
  • 51% of the awards went to women - equalling the previous highest record of the 2014 New Year's Honours list
  • Only seven women were named a Dame while more than three times as many men were named Knights
  • 7% of the successful candidates come from ethnic minority communities, a small increase on recent lists
  • 6% of this year's honorees consider themselves to have a disability

Lincolnshire air display fit for a Queen

People living near RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire were treated to an air display fit for a Queen today. The 23 aircraft were preparing for the traditional RAF flypast over Buckingham Palace this Saturday, for the Queen’s Birthday .

There will be 31 aircraft in all on the day. The practice run was done over RAF Cranwell because from the air the approach to College Hall mimics the approach to BuckinghamPalace.

Aircraft missing from today's run through included the Red Arrows who have a full display schedule this week so were replaced by a single Hawk. But organisers say that, as accomplished displayers, they will have no problem fitting in on Saturday.

And for those who came to watch, it was the next best thing to travelling to the Mall.

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Princess Royal to officially open Magna Carta exhibition

The new Magna Carta exhibition at Lincoln Castle will be officially opened by the Princess Royal today. The historic document, which is celebrating its 800th anniversary this year, is now housed in a purpose built vault at the Castle.

The David PJ Ross Magna Carta Vault is the centrepiece of the £22m Lincoln Castle Revealed refurbishment project. It features an underground widescreen cinema allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the story of King John, the barons and the birth of the Great Charter like never before.

It is also the only place in the world where a 1215 Magna Carta and be seen alongside its sister document, the 1217 Charter of the Forest.

Princess Anne to officially open new-look Lincoln Castle

The revamped Lincoln Castle is to get the royal seal of approval - just in time for Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary celebrations.

The Princess Royal is to officially open the revamped Lincon Castle next month Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Princess Royal will officially open the new-look Lincoln Castle, on Monday June 8.

The Castle has undergone a £22m refurbishment and includes a new purpose built vault to house the Magna Carta plus an underground widescreen cinema allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the story of King John, the barons and the birth of the Great Charter like never before.

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