The National Theatre on London's Southbank has been delighting audiences and critics with the best of British talent for decades.
Over the last 50 years stars like Dame Judi Dench and Sir Michael Gambon have helped bring more than 800 productions to the stage. And today to celebrate its golden birthday, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the theatre for a backstage tour. Sangeeta Kandola reports.
A man was arrested today after trying to enter Buckingham Palace while in possession of a knife, Scotland Yard said.
The 44 year old was held at around 11.30am when he attempted to get through the north centre gate and was stopped by police. Officers searched him and he was found to have a knife.
He was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon and is in custody.
Buckingham Palace said that the Queen was not in the building when the man tried to get in, but would make no further comment.
Royal Ascot punters were counting their losses after many failed to guess the colour of the Queen's hat. The monarch wore a lilac hat as she processed along the famous course in a carriage with the Duke of York and her grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn.
Trying to pick the hue of the monarch's headgear is a tradition at the famous Berkshire meet where fashion is just as important as the spectacle of horse racing. Earlier in the day the colour blue was the hot favourite with many bookmakers closely followed by yellow.
But William Hill and Coral stopped taking bets after suspicions were raised by a number of large punts on the colours grey and silver. The Queen's lilac outfit was by Angela Kelly, and consisted of a silk print dress with a floral design, double breasted coat and a matching hat.
The Queen and members of the Royal family have arrived at Ascot on Ladies' Day head of the Gold Cup race. It's due to take place at 3.45 pm.
Celebrities and racegoers have turned out for Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot, and this year they're dressed to impress.
The Queen was all smiles today as she took part in the historic Garter Day service on the day the Duke of Edinburgh was discharged from hospital.
The Queen will be joined by members of the royal family for the annual Order of the Garter service today.
The sight of Garter Knights walking through the grounds of Windsor Castle wearing their lavish blue velvet robes and black velvet hats with white plumes is a colourful spectacle that attracts hundreds of people.
The Duke of Edinburgh faces a fourth day in hospital as he recuperates following exploratory abdominal surgery.
Philip, who is 92 tomorrow, was admitted to the London Clinic on Thursday following a garden party at Buckingham Palace and underwent the procedure on Friday.