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Christmas decorations being installed at Windsor Castle

We've been at Windsor Castle today looking at how the staff are preparing for Christmas. Watch ITV News Meridian over the coming days to find out more!

Christmas preparations at Windsor Castle Credit: ITV Meridian
Christmas preparations at Windsor Castle Credit: ITV Meridian
Christmas preparations at Windsor Castle Credit: ITV Meridian

River pageant to mark Magna Carta's 800th anniversary

A river pageant on the River Thames has been announced as part of the celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta next year.

Plans for the spectacular event include a flotilla of boats to sail from Bisham Abbey to Wraysbury in Berkshire.

It will be co-organised by the group responsible for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012.

One of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee ships on the River Thames in 2012. Credit: ITVMeridian

The charter was sealed on the bank of the River Thames near Windsor in 1215.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead said: "The world's eyes will be on us in June next year."


Duke of Gloucester to visit Primary School in Bracknell

Pupils and teachers at Crown Wood Primary School are preparing for a special visit from The Duke of Gloucester next week.

His Royal Highness, who is the grandson of George V and a first cousin of The Queen, will be given a tour of the recently refurbished and extended primary school on Tuesday November 18.

The Duke will be shown the new facilities, which include four classrooms, an extended dining room and much improved teaching accommodation and play areas.

The Dukewill be given a tour of the recently refurbished and extended primary school. Credit: PA

Janette Karklins, Director for Children, Young People and Learning, said:

Following extensive improvement works as part of the council’s Education Capital Programme, we are delighted to be welcoming The Duke of Gloucester to Crown Wood Primary School.

The improved facilities have already proved a hit with pupils at the school and they can’t wait to have a VIP in the building.

– Janette Karklins

Duke of York visits Orion laser facility in Berkshire

His Royal Highness the Duke of York has visited the world-leading Orion laser facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Berkshire.

Orion is a high-powered laser, the size of a football pitch and is one of the largest capital science investments in the UK

The Duke toured as UK Patron of the International Year of Light 2015. Credit: AWE

It is not often that people get the chance to really appreciate the work that goes on at AWE. What you are doing is absolutely important. Your establishment and in particular Orion, present an exciting opportunity for young people interested in a career in science and technology.

– Duke of York

The Duke, who is a UK Patron of the International Year of Light 2015, met with scientific figures who explained the workings of the laser.

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Harry: I can't wait to see my brother 'suffer more'

Prince Harry has welcomed the news of the Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy as "very exciting" - joking that he cannot wait to see his brother "suffer more".

He said Kate was coping with her illness and expressed his wish that the couple would be able to enjoy some privacy during her pregnancy.


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Royals 'miss privacy' due to early baby announcement

Royal historian Dr Kate Williams has said that it must be "very hard for William and Kate" after they were forced to announce the Duchess' pregnancy early, meaning "they don't have that early period of privacy".

As with her last pregnancy the Duchess of Cambridge has suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum (severe morning sickness).

This has meant she has been prevented from carrying on her royal duties, forcing the palace to confirm both pregnancies earlier than most parents might go public.

Expectant parents usually wait until after the first trimester.

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