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Duchess of Cornwall to receive honorary degree

The Duchess will receive an honorary doctorate Credit: ITV

The Duchess of Cornwall is to receive an honorary doctorate at the University of Southampton.

The ceremony, on Thursday, will recognise her work with sufferers of osteoporosis. The condition can cause bones to become brittle.

The Duchess is president of the National Osteoporosis Society. She lost her mother and grandmother to the disease.

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Ant & Dec to host ITV coverage of The Queen's party

It is being billed as a huge party for the Queen - a star studded show in the grounds of Windsor Castle, to mark her Majesty's 90th birthday.

Now it has been revealed the event in May, which will be broadcast live on ITV, will be hosted by Britain's most popular TV duo Ant and Dec. As Rachel Hepworth reports, preparations are well under way.

The interviewees are: Simon Brooks-Ward, Director of the Queens's birthday celebrations; the singer Katherine Jenkins; Pau Roach, Windsor & Eton town manager; and Julia White, Windsor Visitor manager.

Queen's birthday party will be celebrated by 10,000 guests

It's going to be a birthday party with a difference: 10,000 guests from 600 organisations with one very special guest of honour. The Patron's Lunch will see The Mall in London packed with picnic tables and bunting to celebrate The Queen's 90th birthday.

But it will also recognise the support and service Her Majesty has lent charities and organisations over her 63-year reign . Fred talked to Peter Phillips, The Queen's eldest grandson, who is organising the mega street party. He started by asking him why he wanted to do something on this scale.

New Forest authorities join 'Clean for Queen' initiative

Local authorities in the New Forest are supporting the 'Clean for the Queen' initiative this Spring.

The project is aimed at galvanising communities across the country to help tidy their local environments ahead of celebrations to mark Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations later this year.

New Forest District Council, the Forestry Commission and New Forest National Park Authority are all appealing for volunteers to join the campaign.

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Fast and furious: The sailing that's bringing in millions for the South

Now, if the city of Portsmouth had any doubts about the economic impact of being the home of Sir Ben Ainslie's dream to win the America's Cup - this week they got reassurance in abundance.

Figures show the team - plus the World Series Event - in July - will bring in over one hundred million pounds. This fast and furious racing is captivating the crowds - and therefore bringing in the cash.

Sally Simmonds has caught up with Sir Keith Mills, Chairman of Portsmouth ACWS Event, Sir Ben Ainslie and Freddie Carr, crew of Land Rover BAR.

Local economy boost for America's Cup bid

Four-time Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie has spoken of his desire to get the country behind his ambition to bring the America's Cup to Britain.

Land Rover BAR Team Principle Sir Ben Ainslie poses for a photograph after a media briefing at Land Rover BAR Headquarters, Portsmouth. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/PA Images

The 38-year-old said gaining the support of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for his Land Rover BAR team, earlier in the year, was a boost to the plan to broaden the appeal of sailing.

His comments come as Land Rover BAR announced a £47 million boost for the UK economy created by the 2015 Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series held in Portsmouth this July, with a greater boost expected for the second event next summer.

Sir Ben was supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a meeting in July Credit: Ian Vogler/The Daily Mirror/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Queen receives warm welcome at opening of vet school

The Queen's love of horses is well-documented and today she got to meet the next generation of equine vets as she officially opened a new state-of-the-art veterinary school in Guildford.

Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh were also given a tour of the £45 million facility. The University of Surrey is aiming to deliver cutting-edge teaching and research.

The school boasts a large clinical skills facility and what the university says is one of the best veterinary pathology centres in Europe.

Watch Emma Wilkinson's report:

Interviewee: Professor Chris Proudman, Head of Veterinary School, University of Surrey.

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