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Family tribute after death of Countess Mountbatten

The Countess Mountbatten of Burma, pictured in 1995 Credit: PA

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of the Countess Mountbatten of Burma.

Patricia Mountbatten died peacefully on Tuesday 13 June at her home in Mersham, Kent, surrounded by her children. Her husband, the celebrated film producer Lord Brabourne, died in 2005.

The arrangements for a funeral in London followed by a burial service in Mersham will be announced in due course.

– Knatchbull and Mountbatten families

New high speed trains late and over budget

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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are among the very first to travel on one of the new high speed Hitachi trains being built for the region.

It was a milestone for the massive project to upgrade the Great Western network.

The scheme aimed at easing some of the worst crowding in the country remains late and over budget.

But the new trains will start to enter service later in the year.

They will eventually run from Paddington to Reading, Newbury, Didcot, Bedwyn, Swindon, Bath, Bristol and through to Wales and Devon and Cornwall.

Our Transport Correspondent MIke Pearse has been talking to commuters who say the improvements can't come soon enough.

Mike spoke to Paul Gentleman from Great Western Railway and Chris Irwin from Travelwatch South West.


Queen recreates first Royal train journey in Berkshire

Her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, was the first ever British royal to take a train journey.

Today, 175 years later, the Queen along with the Duke of Edinburgh recreated that very same trip on the Great Western line travelling from Slough in Berkshire to Paddington.

It's fair to say, things have changed a bit since 1842.

As Mel Bloor reports.

Mel spoke to Isambard Thomas and Mark Hopwood from Great Western Railway.

Queen to mark 175th anniversary of first Royal train journey

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Queen Victoria made the trip from Slough to Paddington Credit: ITV

The Queen will today mark the 175th anniversary of the first train journey made by a British monarch.

On 13 June 1842 Queen Victoria made the trip from Slough to Paddington, writing in her journal afterwards that it was "delightful and so quick".

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are due to embark on the same journey on the day of the anniversary - this time as the first passengers on one of the region's new Hitachi high speed trains.

Rural life celebrated as South of England Show opens

The Duchess of Cornwall was the guest of honour

The Duchess of Cornwall was the guest of honour today at the South of England Show at Ardingly in Sussex.

The royal even took time out of her schedule to 'knight' one of the visitors - the actor Callum Arnott. In the absence of a sword, a Sussex-grown leek was used to mark the occasion.

Actor 'knighted with a leek' - a moment of fun during the tour of Ardingly's South of England Show

The three-day event is celebrating its 50th year at the Ardingly showground and though the skies were heavy and grey, the rain held off, and the crowds turned up. Derek Johnson reports

Prince Charles visits family home of Sir Winston Churchill

His Royal Highness Prince Charles visited the family home of Sir Winston Churchill, Chartwell in Kent this morning.

The National Trust has embarked on an ambitious plan this year to purchase hundreds of historic artefacts belonging to the wartime prime minister and secure them as part of his public legacy.

They're on display at his family home of Chartwell near Westerham and today Prince Charles made a special visit to take a look around. Sarah Saunders report contains some flash photography.


Prince Charles visits former home of Winston Churchill

Prince Charles has been visiting Chartwell Credit: ITV

Prince Charles has been visiting Chartwell in Westerham this morning. His Royal Highness has been to see the results of the Trust's work to restore the former family home of Winston Churchill. Chartwell welcomes almost a quarter of a million visitors every year.

A warm welcome for Prince Charles Credit: ITV
Prince Charles visiting Chartwell Credit: ITV

Pippa marries her millionaire at wedding of the year

Royalty, the rich and the famous descended on a small Berkshire village today for what's been described as the wedding of the year - the marriage of the sister of the future Queen of England.

Wellwishers and the press jockeyed for the best positions near picturesque Englefield Church as Pippa Middleton arrived to wed millionaire James Matthews. Richard Slee reports.

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