Live updates

Royal Gurkha Rifles go on the attack against litter

Gurkha soldiers in Kent have been scaling the Leas cliff in Folkestone in their battle against litter.

The efforts of the Royal Gurkha Rifles 2nd Battalion is in honour of the Queen's 90th birthday, and is one of a series of clean-ups coordinated by Shepway District Council as part of the national 'Clean for the Queen' campaign.

Royal Gurkha Rifles 2nd Battalion Credit: ITV Meridian
Royal Gurkha Rifles 2nd Battalion Credit: ITV Meridian
Royal Gurkha Rifles 2nd Battalion Credit: ITV Meridian


Princess Anne to be guest of honour in Kent

Princess Anne will be guest of honour Credit: ITV

It's been announced that Princess Anne will be the guest of honour at an agricultural event at the Detling Showground in Kent next week. The Agri-Expo is the leading land-based industry show for the South East. The Princess has her own working farm in Gloucester and has a keen interest in farming.

Ballot opens for 5,000 tickets to watch Queen 90 celebrations

5,000 tickets will be available for the Long Walk in Windsor Credit: PA

Thousands of people have been applying for free tickets to help celebrate the Queen's birthday in Windsor.

Tickets for the celebration on the Long Walk in May sold out within hours in November. But a ballot of 5,000 tickets opened to the public yesterday.

The Long Walk will offer the opportunity to be involved in a pre-performance party on the final night of the event and to watch a live-screening of the ITV broadcast from the iconic Long Walk.

The show will tell the remarkable story of The Queen's life encompassing a reign spanning more than 60 years, starting from when she was born in 1926, through World War Two, to The Coronation in 1953.

Applications for the ballot can be completed online by filling out a short form, which can be found at or they can be applied for in writing to: Celebration on The Long Walk, The Old Booking Hall, Windsor Royal Shopping, Thames St, Windsor SL4 1PJ.

Duchess of Cornwall to receive honorary degree

The Duchess will receive an honorary doctorate Credit: ITV

The Duchess of Cornwall is to receive an honorary doctorate at the University of Southampton.

The ceremony, on Thursday, will recognise her work with sufferers of osteoporosis. The condition can cause bones to become brittle.

The Duchess is president of the National Osteoporosis Society. She lost her mother and grandmother to the disease.


Ant & Dec to host ITV coverage of The Queen's party

It is being billed as a huge party for the Queen - a star studded show in the grounds of Windsor Castle, to mark her Majesty's 90th birthday.

Now it has been revealed the event in May, which will be broadcast live on ITV, will be hosted by Britain's most popular TV duo Ant and Dec. As Rachel Hepworth reports, preparations are well under way.

The interviewees are: Simon Brooks-Ward, Director of the Queens's birthday celebrations; the singer Katherine Jenkins; Pau Roach, Windsor & Eton town manager; and Julia White, Windsor Visitor manager.

Queen's birthday party will be celebrated by 10,000 guests

It's going to be a birthday party with a difference: 10,000 guests from 600 organisations with one very special guest of honour. The Patron's Lunch will see The Mall in London packed with picnic tables and bunting to celebrate The Queen's 90th birthday.

But it will also recognise the support and service Her Majesty has lent charities and organisations over her 63-year reign . Fred talked to Peter Phillips, The Queen's eldest grandson, who is organising the mega street party. He started by asking him why he wanted to do something on this scale.

New Forest authorities join 'Clean for Queen' initiative

Local authorities in the New Forest are supporting the 'Clean for the Queen' initiative this Spring.

The project is aimed at galvanising communities across the country to help tidy their local environments ahead of celebrations to mark Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations later this year.

New Forest District Council, the Forestry Commission and New Forest National Park Authority are all appealing for volunteers to join the campaign.

Load more updates