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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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Royal lego birthday party for Prince George

Lego are hosting a birthday party with a difference for the youngest member of the royal family, Prince George.

Royal guests included Prince George himself – newly created to mark his birthday as a toddler made from 15 individual lego bricks – his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and both sets of grandparents – the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, and Michael and Carole Middleton.

His great-grandparents were also there, Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, as well as his uncle Prince Harry and Aunt Pippa Middleton.

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A staggeringly accurate miniature LEGO recreation of Buckingham Palace, featuring traditional decorations including bunting and balloons Credit: PA Wire

We have a lot of fun with our tiny LEGO Royals – we recently gave our Royal ladies a Royal Ascot makeover with bespoke hats designed exclusively for us by the Queen’s Milliner, and our announcement of Prince George's birth last year was a real crowd pleaser. We hope people will be just as delighted with our special LEGOLAND birthday party."

– Sue Kemp, Divisional Director of the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort
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A lego version of Prince George as part of the young prince's first birthday party. Credit: PA Wire

The Queen names the biggest ever Royal Navy carrier

The Royal Navy's new £3b aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has been officially named. Crowds cheered as The Queen used a bottle of single malt whisky to christen in Scotland, the biggest ship ever built for the fleet.

But the atmosphere was much more muted in Portsmouth where workers who've helped to build her watched the ceremony on big screens. Many of them will lose their jobs by the end of the year when the BAE shipyard closes. Richard Jones reports.

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Queen joined by Prime Minister at Royal Navy ceremony

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were accompanied by Prime Minister David Cameron and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond at the naming ceremony of Britain's largest ever ship.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were accompanied by PM David Cameron and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond. Credit: ITV News/Pool

Hundreds of workers, who helped build the HMS Queen Elizabeth, have joined military Chiefs and dignitaries at Roswyth Dockyard in Scotland to witness the Queen's christening of the warship.

The ceremony marks the completion of the Royal Navy's largest ever ship. Credit: ITV News/Pool

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Ceremony begins for naming of UK's largest warship

The ceremony is underway as the Queen is set to formally name the Royal Navy's largest ship at Rosyth Dockyard in Scotland.

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Queen arrives to formally name HMS Queen Elizabeth

The Queen has arrived at Rosyth Dockyard in Scotland to formally name the largest ship ever built for the Royal Navy.

The ceremony marks the completion of the 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier after five years of construction work which took place at six different shipyards across the UK.

The Queen has arrived at Rosyth Dockyard in Scotland to formally name the largest ship ever built for the Royal Navy.

To honour the warship's birthplace in Scotland Her Majesty will smash a bottle of Islay whisky, from the first distillery she visited, against the bow.

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BAE workers in Portsmouth watch naming ceremony

Staff from BAE Portsmouth watch the naming ceremony of HMS Queen Elizabeth Credit: ITV Meridian

Staff from BAE in Portsmouth who helped to make parts of HMS Queen Elizabeth have been watching the naming ceremony on a big screen in the city.

The £3 billion aircraft carrier is the biggest ever Royal Navy carrier to be built.

It was put together in Scotland but large parts of it were built at BAE Shipyard in Portsmouth.

She'll arrive in the Hampshire city, which will be her home port, in two years time.

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