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Artist weaves tribute to Queen using war memorial name labels and pins

The portrait is made out of name labels Credit: Joy Pitts

A Nottingham artist has created an unusual portrait of the Queen by weaving together names taken from a war memorial in Ilkeston in Derbyshire.

Each individual name was machine woven onto tape and assembled into a portrait using just dressmaker pins.

The portrait is made out of name labels and dress pins Credit: Joy Pitts
The names of servicemen are clearly visible Credit: Joy Pitts

Joy Pitts' portrait was inspired by the Queen's festive message last year, which recalled the Christmas Truce of 1914.

The portrait is designed to pay tribute both to World War One servicemen and to the Queen’s sixty-three year reign and dedication to the armed forces.

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.


Leicestershire cake maker creates tribute as Queen shows reigning 'a piece of cake'

The cake produced by Fiona Cairns for the occasion Credit: Fiona Cairns/Robert Leveritt Photography

A cakemaker from Leicestershire has created a bespoke cake to mark the occasion of the Queen becoming Britain's longest reigning monarch.

The creation from Fiona Cairns was unveiled on ITV's Good Morning Britain this morning.

Fiona has produced cakes in celebration of royal events before. She was the creator of the wedding cake for Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.

Fiona with the royal wedding cake she made back in 2011 Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

'Queen's favourite' Land Rover to cease production

The Queen driving a Land Rover Defender in 2000 Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

One of the Queen's favourite vehicles, the Land Rover Defender, is to cease production in the West Midlands.

The last Land Rover Defender will be produced by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) at Solihull in December 2015.

Featuring in the Angelina Jolie film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and in the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall, the Defender name can be traced back to the early 1990s.

JLR has confirmed that Defender production will cease but has stressed a new replacement vehicle would join the Land Rover model range.


Pictures from RAF Cosford for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee visit

Celebrations at RAF Cosford in Shropshire today Credit: ITV Central
The Diamond Jubilee Parade at RAF Cosford today Credit: ITV Central
A huge crown fit for a Queen at RAF Cosford today Credit: ITV Central
Diamond Jubilee celebrations at RAF Cosford today Credit: ITV Central
A Diamond Jubilee painted lorry from Ridgway Rentals at the parade in Shropshire today Credit: ITV Central
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