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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'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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Windsor to play key role in Queen's birthday celebrations

Windsor will host a series of events Credit: ITV

Windsor will be in the spotlight for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, with a number of events.

On Wednesday 20 April The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, will officially open the new bandstand at Alexandra Gardens. The bandstand was built by the Royal Borough last year and is located on the same spot as the original Edwardian bandstand.

On arrival, the Mayor, Cllr Eileen Quick, her consort Rev. John Quick and other guests will be presented to the Royal Couple.

Her Majesty will view an exhibition about the bandstand and meet children from the six Royal Borough schools involved in designing the commemorative plaques.

Statue commissioned to mark Queen's 90th birthday

This image shows where the statue would be built in Gravesend Credit: ITV Meridian

The town of Gravesend has commissioned a statue of the Queen to mark her 90th birthday.

It will be cast in bronze and show Her majesty seated.

Work will begin to raise the two hundred thousand pounds needed for the project.

The statue will be made by Douglas Jennings who also created the town's statue of wartime pilot Mahinder Singh Pujji.

ITV Meridian spoke to Cllr John Cubitt, Leader of Gravesham Council.

Queen of Denmark unveils new statue in Canterbury

The Queen of Denmark has unveiled a bronze statue in recognition of the Royal East Kent Regiment. Queen Margrethe was the guest of honour at the ceremony in the grounds of Canterburry Cathedral. The sculpture is a lasting tribute to The Buffs, which was one of the oldest regiments of the British Army. British and Danish veterans were among those taking part in today's event.

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