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The Queen and Margaret Thatcher through the years

The Queen, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher at Buckingham Palace in 1984. Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images
The Queen and Margaret Thatcher enter Claridge's together in 1995. Credit: Adam Butler/PA Archive/Press Association Images
The Queen and Margaret Thatcher at the National Portrait Gallery in 2000. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images
The Queen and Margaret Thatcher shake hands at at the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel at Pangbourne College in Berkshire in 2007. Credit: Jeremy Selwyn/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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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.

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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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