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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.

The Queen unveils new £45 million vet school

The Queen is opening a new £45 million veterinary school in Surrey today.

She will be joined by the Duke of Edinburgh for a tour of the University of Surrey's School of Veterinary Medicine in Guildford and will meet students.

The Queen Credit: ITV News

The royal couple will meet Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, star of Channel 4's The Supervet, and see dogs that have benefited from prosthetic limb surgery. The new facility boasts one of the best veterinary pathology centres in Europe.

"We are hugely honoured to welcome Her Majesty and His Royal Highness to the University of Surrey.

The School of Veterinary Medicine further cements our position as a world-class institution that is delivering cutting-edge teaching and research from state-of-the-art facilities.

It will not only provide the next generation of sought-after veterinary graduates, but it will offer significant opportunities for collaboration between human and animal medical science professionals and public sector organisations."

– Professor Michael Kearney, Vice-Chancellor, University of Surrey


Harry surprises pupils in Dover

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Prince Harry surprised students at Duke of York Royal Military School in Dover.

He inspected the school's ceremonial parade and presented the pupils with medals.

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