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School children's tribute to the Queen's 63-year reign

Pupils at St. Anthony's Catholic Primary School stood in the shape 63 E.R. Credit: St. Anthony's Catholic Primary School

Children at a school in Leamington Spa joined in today's celebrations marking Queen Elizabeth II becoming Britain's longest-reigning monarch.

Pupils at St. Anthony's Catholic Primary School stood in the shape 63 E. R. to commemorate the Queen's 63 years on the throne.

They also spent the day making crowns, singing the National Anthem and enjoying tea on the school field.

Video: Hawker Hurricane flypast at Welbeck passing out parade

Students and guests attending a passing out parade at Welbeck today, have been treated to a flypast by a Hawker Hurricane.

The Duke of Edinburgh is in Leicestershire today inspecting students at the country's only Defence Sixth Form College near Loughborough.

Students attending the parade are at the end of two years of study and are preparing to become military officers.


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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.

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