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Free road closures for street parties on Queen's birthday

The Queen will turn 90 this year Credit: PA

Communities in Leicestershire which want to organise street parties for the Queen's 90th birthday this year will be able to apply to close their roads for free.

Applying for a temporary traffic orders usually cost in the region of £400.

Leicestershire County Council are offering the free road closure applications for celebration events between 21 April - the date of the Queen’s birthday - and mid-July.

​Communities will, however, have to ensure signs are put up indicating closure.

The council are urging groups planning to hold a street party to get in touch as soon as possible.


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


Jaguar Land Rover celebrates the Queen's coronation

The Queen will celebrate the 60th anniversary of her coronation today at an event which showcases leading British companies.

The Queen will celebrate the 60th anniversary of her coronation Credit: Ian Georgeson/PA Wire

Midlands firm Jaguar Land Rover will take part in the festival, which will feature more than 200 brands which have supplied goods or services for at least five years to the Households of the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh or the Prince of Wales.

The four-day festival, displaying the best of British "innovation, excellence and industry" will be held in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

Around 60,000 visitors are expected to attend.

Midlands car firm in Coronation Festival

Midlands car firm Jaguar Land Rover is helping the Queen celebrate 60 years on the throne.

Heritage drive copies the Queen's original route Credit: Jaguar Land Rover

The company is one of three main partners for The Coronation Festival which starts at Buckingham Palace today.

The event will pay tribute to companies and products favoured by the Royals.

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