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Queen honours First World War volunteers

The rain didn't stop the ceremony taking place at the Royal Hospital Chelsea

A ceremony has been held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea to honour First World War volunteers. The Queen attended the Solemn Drumhead Service of Remembrance with the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Queen was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh

The event was held on the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which is widely perceived as having set in motion the chain of events that led to the First World war.

Reservists take part in the ceremony

Lieutenant Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea Major General Peter Currie said "There is no more fitting site for this event in London than the home of the Chelsea Pensioners which for over 300 years has stood as a symbol of the nation's gratitude."

London woman honoured for bravery following Woolwich murder

A woman who helped evacuate commuters following the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich last year has been awarded a British Empire Medal. Transport For London employee Amy Nicholson was on a bus that stopped near the Royal Artillery Barracks.

She received details of the situation from the TfL control room, and was told the men were armed with knives and guns. The 29-year-old then put herself at risk and liaised with bus staff to clear the area and lead passengers to safety.

"It is well deserved and demonstrates the commitment and passion our staff have for each other and the communities they serve each day."

– Sir Peter Hendy, London's transport commissioner

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Queen attends Trooping the Colour parade

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in a vintage carriage

Colourful celebrations are being held in London to mark the Queen's official birthday today. More than 1,000 soldiers are taking part in the traditional display, which has been attended by the Royal Family.

Parade moves down The Mall

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh sat in a vintage carriage as it travelled from Buckingham Palace, along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade in central London. The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry travelled together in another coach.

The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry together in a carriage Credit: PA

The Prince of Wales, who is Colonel of the Welsh Guards, and the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, are on horseback.

More than 1,000 soldiers are taking part in the event

There will be a 41-gun salute in Green Park and then the Royal Family will head back to Buckingham Palace to watch the traditional RAF flypast.

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Queen greets cricketers at Lord's

The Queen has met England and Australia's cricketers before the start of the second Ashes test.

England captain Alastair Cook introduced the Queen to his players who hold a 1-0 lead going into the eagerly anticipated second test.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth meets England's players. Credit: REUTERS/Philip Brown
ritain's Queen Elizabeth meets members of the England cricket team before play on the first day of the second Ashes test Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Winning
Queen Elizabeth II walks through the Long Room inside the Pavilion at Lord's Cricket Ground Credit: PA Wire

England cricketers greet Queen ahead of Ashes Test

England and Australia's cricketers were all smiles as they met the Queen before going head-to-head in another eagerly anticipated Ashes Test match in London.

The monarch walked out on to the famous pitch at Lord's cricket ground to meet the batsmen and bowlers who were lined up ahead of the day's play.

Queen Elizabeth II is introduced to the players on day One of the Second Investec Ashes Test. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II is introduced to the players on day One of the Second Investec Ashes Test. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Queen to visit Lords ahead of Ashes second test

The Queen will visit Lords cricket ground today ahead of the second Ashes Test between England and Australia.

The monarch will be presented to the players before play gets underway at 11.15am.

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