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Queen prepares to celebrate her 90th birthday

The Queen is 90 next week Credit: PA

A week today the Queen will celebrate her 90th birthday and beacons will be lit throughout the region that evening in her honour.

Her Majesty will be attending events in Windsor on both Wednesday and Thursday. More celebrations are planned for throughout May and June,with the climax being a giant street party in the Mall on June 12th with 10,000 guests eating a picnic lunch and being entertained by street performers and circus acts.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will take part in that event from a specially-built platform on the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace.