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Special report: Royal Navy's biggest ship almost ready to set sail

The aircraft carrier - HMS Queen Elizabeth - the biggest ship ever built for the Royal Navy is nearing completion.

In less than a year she will sail into her new home of Portsmouth, from her current location in Scotland.

HMS Queen Elizabeth already has a crew of more than 500. In the first of two special reports, our reporter Richard Jones looks at how the project is going.

And and Dec and Gary Barlow entertain the Queen

Members of the Royal Family were out in force for the finale of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The ITV show, hosted by Ant and Dec, involved more than 900 horses, 1,500 performers and big names from the stage and screen.

Rachel Hepworth joined the celebrations.

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The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations: A weekend preview - our special programme from Windsor in full

A weekend of public celebrations to mark the Queen's birthday at Windsor

This weekend marks a very special public celebration of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth's ninetieth birthday.

The events and shows at Windsor include more than 1,500 performers from across the globe, hundreds of horses and more than 25,000 spectators.

ITV Meridian's Sangeeta Bhabra and Simon Parkin presented the live programme from the grounds of Windsor Castle, speaking to many of the people taking part both in front of, and behind the scenes. Join us in a celebration of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.

The Queen and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, will attend the final night of celebrations on Sunday. There will be live coverage of the star-studded event in a programme hosted by Ant & Dec, on ITV from 8.35pm on the evening of Sunday 15th May..

The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations: Her Majesty & her horses

The Queen's love of horses is well documented and that passion is reflected in the celebrations over the next few nights.

As a young princess she enjoyed riding in Windsor Great Park - something she still does today.

The Queen owns and breeds thoroughbreds. Those close to her say horse racing is when she really relaxes. Penny Silvester has been talking to the Queen's Racing Advisor, John Warren, about why her affection for these animals runs so deep.

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The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations: A preview

The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations in Windsor this weekend are set to be an event to remember. The offering will feature one and a half thousand performers from across the world, 900 horses, 25,000 spectators and a very special guest of honour.

We've met some of the acts taking part and we've been speaking to those who know the Queen personally.

Last-minute sound checks and rehearsals have been happening today in the main arena, ready for this evening's events. But the day started with the 73rd Royal Windsor Horse Show. Here's Mike Pearse.

The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations: Windsor Castle

William the Conqueror chose the site for Windsor Castle. It was high above the River Thames, on the edge of a Saxon hunting ground. Construction work began in the year 1070. The castle, built by the Queen's ancestor, draws people to the town in Berkshire.

Princess Elizabeth and her sister Margaret spent the Second World War living there. It was a fortress to keep them safe. But to the Queen it was and always has been home.

As a young princess the Queen was given the Freedom of the Borough in 1947, the first woman to be given the honour.

ITV Meridian presenter Sangeeta Bhabra has been meeting the people who work and live in the castle to find out why the royal residence is so special.

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