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Pensioner's birthday tribute to the Queen is turning heads

Mr Bennett's huge Royal birthday tribute Credit: ITV News Meridian

A pensioner has created a special birthday tribute for the Queen in his front garden.

Ben Bennett, 83, lives a short drive away from Windsor Castle. He says the twelve foot statues of Her Majesty and Prince Philip at his Oakley Green home is drawing in the crowds.

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Queen Elizabeth cruise ship says happy birthday

The Queen Elizabeth cruise liner has wished Her Royal Highness a happy birthday.

The crew of the luxury ship gathered on deck in the sunshine to pose for a photograph.

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Well-wishers wait for days to try and see the Queen

Well-wishers have been queuing outside Windsor Castle since Tuesday to get the best spot for the Queen on her birthday walk-about.

Royal enthusiasts Anne and Judy came left Cardiff at 3am, along with their King Charles spaniel named Camilla after the Duchess of Cornwall, to "share her great day".

The sisters told GMB they "admire her stamina" and they "absolutely adore the Queen".

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Crowds gather to see the Queen on her birthday

Crowds have begun to line the streets of Windsor as fans wait to see the Queen on her 90th birthday.

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, will later unveil a plaque marking The Queen's Walkway at the foot of Castle Hill, before undertaking a walkabout to meet the public and well-wishers.

ITV News Royal Editor Tim Ewart is in Windsor:

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Royal Navy 21-gun salute to mark The Queen's birthday

Crowds watching a gun salute in Hampshire

The Royal Navy will mark the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II with a 21-gun salute at Fort Blockhouse in Gosport today.

The event is one of many taking place at military establishments across the country. At Portsmouth's Naval base, Royal Navy ships will celebrate with flags displayed along their sides.

"The Royal Navy in Portsmouth always celebrates the Queen's birthday in this way, but this year is obviously extra special as it marks such a significant milestone for Her Majesty."

– Commander David Hilton, Naval Base services manager
The 19th century gun which fires salutes at Fort Blockhouse was acquired by the Navy in 1957

Happy 90th Birthday to Her Majesty The Queen

The Queen is celebrating her ninetieth birthday today

Her Majesty The Queen is ninety years old today, and Windsor in Berkshire is the focus of the celebrations. Queen Elizabeth II will go on a walkabout around the town, accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Queen will also unveil a plaque marking 'The Queen's Walkway', a 6.3km self-guided walking trail connecting 63 points of significance in the town of Windsor. The Walkway symbolises the moment at which Her Majesty became Britain's longest reigning monarch, after more than 63 years on the 9th September 2015.

Celebrations will also take place in June to mark Her Majesty The Queen's official birthday.

Queen's 90th birthday celebrations begin in Thames Valley

The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations have begun in the Thames Valley. She appeared in public in Windsor to open a new bandstand and to visit the local Post Office - marking 500 years of the Royal Mail.

While the Queen was there, she saw the new commemorative stamps - which feature portraits from a picture of four generations of the House of Windsor.

Tomorrow, Berkshire will welcome the world's media when she will go on an official walkabout. But, as Divya Kohli reports, Windsor is already in a celebratory mood.

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