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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.


Mansfield principal given damehood at Buckingham Palace

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The head of West Nottinghamshire College in Mansfield, Asha Khemka became the first Indian-born woman in 83 years to be given a Damehood when she received the honour from Prince Charles.

Dame Khemka was awarded the honour for her work transforming the lives of young people.


Royal appointment for Barnsley vicar

A vicar from Barnsley has become chaplain to the Queen.

Buckingham Palace announced the news saying: " Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to appoint the Reverend David Nicholson to be a Chaplain to Her Majesty in succession to the Reverend Prebendary Pippa Thorneycroft, in addition to being Vicar of Cudworth, Barnsley".

Fr David said: "I am overwhelmed by this appointment which came completely out of the blue and whilst the honour is obviously immense for me personally, it is also a great honour for my Parish and this Village especially, and for the Town and Deanery of Barnsley as well."

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Zara and Mike Tindall name daughter Mia Grace

Zara and Mike Tindall have named their newborn daughter Mia Grace.

Former England rugby player Mike Tindall tweeted:

Zara Phillips gave birth at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital last Friday.

Mia Grace Tindall is the Queen's fourth great-grandchild and is 16th in line to the throne.

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