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A couple from Berkshire have sculpted two giant busts of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh - in their front garden.

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Queen celebrates turning 88 at Windsor Castle

This portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by the renowned British photographer David Bailey CBE released to mark her 88th birthday Credit: David Bailey / PA Wire

The Queen will celebrate her birthday at Windsor Castle today.

A traditional 41 gun salute will be fired in Green Park, London by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery at midday.

An hour later, the Honourable Artillery Company will fire a 62 gun salute from the Tower Wharf by the Tower of London.

To mark her 88th birthday, a portrait by British photographer David Bailey has been released.

The picture was taken in March and commissioned on behalf of the Government's GREAT Britain campaign.

The Queen has two birthdays, her actual one is today whilst her official one is in June.

Her birthday in June is celebrated with the Trooping the colour parade.

Prince Philip meets Windsor sea cadets

Prince Philip meets sea cadets in Windsor this afternoon Credit: ITV Meridian

Prince Philip has met dozens of enthusiastic sea cadets in Windsor today.

It's part of his visit to the training ship Windsor Castle in Stovell Road - which is holding an open day.

The Duke of Edinburgh has been meeting sea cadets in Windsor Credit: ITV Meridian

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Prince George steals the show arriving in New Zealand

Duchess of Cambridge carries Prince George off the flight from London to New Zealand Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
The family arrive in Wellington on their first day of their visit to Australia and New Zealand Credit: SNPA / David Rowland
Prince George is on his first official Royal visit with his parents! Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
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Duke, Duchess and Prince George arrive in Wellington

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Wellington at the start of their three week tour of New Zealand and Australia with their baby Prince George.

Prince George is on his first foreign holiday. Credit: APTN
The three arrived in Wellington, New Zealand today. Credit: APTN
They are at the beginning of a three week tour of New Zealand and Australia. Credit: APTN

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Prince Philip in Windsor to meet sea cadets later today

The Duke of Edinburgh is due to meet sea cadets in Windsor today.

He will visit the training ship Windsor Castle in Stovell Road, which is hosting an open day.

It is the oldest unit in the Sea Cadets Corps and was established back in 1899.

The Duke of Edinburgh will meet sea cadets in Windsor Credit: ITV Meridian

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Royalty will be in Windsor later to unveil new statue

The Queen, Prince Philip and Prince William will be in Windsor later today to unveil a new statue.

The statue, which is on the roundabout at the Albert & Kings Road junction near Windsor Castle, is of a pair of the Queens Windsor Grey horses.

The horses pulled the carriage at the Royal Wedding of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Windsor residents raised £200,000 for the statue to be installed on the roundabout.

The statue t is also in honour of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's coronation.

Royal visit to flood-hit Kent

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall, visited Kent today, to meet residents of the south-east's most flooded village. They were given a warm welcome by a small crowd of well-wishers.

David Johns was there and spoke to restaurateur Kajol Miah, Rev Paul Filmer from Yalding church, Yalding Parish Council chairman Geraldine Brown and local resident Joseph Wilson.

Countess opens new neonatal unit at hospital in Surrey

HRH The Countess of Wessex has been back to Frimley Park Hospital for the first time since she had her second child there, to officially open a new neonatal care unit.

The Countess gave birth to her son James, Viscount Severn at the Surrey hospital in 2007, and her daughter Lady Louise in 2003.

The Countess with two-week-old Nathan Hanson and his mother Louise from Camberley Credit: Frimley Park Hospital

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The new neonatal unit was finished in December. It is estimated that around 550 babies will spend sometime on the unit each year.

The Countess of Wessex was last at the hospital in 2007 Credit: Frimley Park Hospital
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