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Carpet maker receives royal approval

A carpet company based in Kidderminster will today be awarded The Royal Warrant on behalf of the Queen.

Victoria Carpets, which employs around 200 people, received royal approval when they were asked to lay carpets in Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding in 2011.

Royal Warrants are issued to businesses who have supplied goods to the royal household for over five years.

There are 800 Warrant holders nationwide.

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Queen presents firefighters with medals for bravery

Four Nottinghamshire firefighters were awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal today Credit: ITV

Four Nottinghamshire firefighters have been awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal today (9 November).

Andrew Alexander, Sanjeev Mohla, Daniel Wareham and Matthew Will were presented medals by the Queen Credit: ITV

Andrew Alexander, Sanjeev Mohla, Daniel Wareham and Matthew Will, all from Stockhill fire station in Nottingham, were awarded the medal for their actions after a major gas explosion at a house in June 2010, which left two people seriously injured and destroyed the property.

Rain now approaching the Midlands from the SW

Rain is now closing on the Midlands from the SW Credit: Met Office

Cloud is now thickening across the Midlands ahead of the next weather system which is slowly pushing up from the SW.

This is the shot of its latest progress - 4pm today.

The system will bring heavy rain for a time tonight. Breezy in places. Feeling less chilly than last night.

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Duke not well enough for East Midlands trip

The Duke of Edinburgh will miss the visit to the East Midlands Credit: ITV News

The Duke of Edinburgh will miss the Queen's trip to the East Midlands on Wednesday.

He was due to join the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Nottingham before heading to Burghley House, near Stamford in Lincolnshire.

He's also pulled out of a garden party at Sandringham tomorrow as he continues to recover from a bladder infection.

Prince Philip, who was 91 on Sunday, only left hospital on Saturday.

The Duke became ill after the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. He was standing in wet and cold conditions for several hours.

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