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Preparations for Her Majesty

The band warming up Credit: ITV News Meridian

Troops at Howe Barracks in Canterbury are meeting the Queen this lunchtime. The Barracks are currently home to Canterbury's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland. They're leaving the city after ten years.

The Battalion's mascot, a Shetland pony Credit: ITV News Meridian
The Queen's car arrives Credit: ITV News Meridian


Queen visits Howe Barracks in Canterbury

Queen Elizabeth II, Colonel-in-Chief, Grenadier Guards, has her photo taken with Guards after inspecting The Queen's Company Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Her Majesty the Queen will Howe Barracks in Canterbury later to visit the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

The 5th Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland is being reduced in size under a reorganisation plan.

The Queen in her capacity as Colonel in Chief will receive the final parade of 5th Battalion at the barracks.

Video: Queen visits Headley Court

The Queen toured the military's leading rehabilitation centre for injured servicemen and women to learn about their long road back to health.

She was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh and the pair watched as amputee soldiers walked along obstacle courses on artificial legs.

The Queen was making her first visit to Headley Court in Surrey where Britain's battle casualties are sent for intensive rehab once their lives are out of danger.


Queen to visit forces' rehab centre today

Queen Elizabeth II Credit: PA

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will visit the armed forces' dedicated rehabilitation centre in Surrey for seriously injured servicemen and women.

The royal couple will tour Headley Court where wounded service personnel are given treatment and support to rebuild their military careers.

The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre near Leatherhead is where most combat casualties receive the final stage of their rehab.

It is a sprawling complex of buildings set in the beautiful grounds of a historic building dating back to the Elizabethan period.

Facilities include a hydrotherapy pool, swimming pool, four fully equipped gyms and a state-of-the-art limb-fitting and amputee centre.

The centre has received many royal visits in recent years, most notably from the Duke of Cambridge, who opened some new facilities at the centre in 2010.

During their tour of Headley Court, the Queen and Duke will visit the Waterloo gym, where service personnel who have lost limbs will be put through their paces.

The royal visitors, who will stay for a private lunch, will also meet nursing staff and other patients before the Queen opens a refurbished unit.

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Queen to meet with injured soldiers

The Queen will meet with recovering soldiers today. Credit: Toby Melville/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will visit the Defence Medical Rehabiltation Centre at Headley Court today.

They will meet with recovering soldiers and open a newly refurbished treatment area.

A royal weekend for Newbury racecourse

The Queen greeting her riders Richard Hughes and Ryan Moore Credit: Plaster Creative Communications

The Queen spent her birthday weekend at Newbury racecourse and enjoyed the start of the flat racing season. The focus was on novice and first-time racegoers.

Newbury is one of the most prestigious horse racing venues in the country. The racecourse has been awarded a grant to support its Inside Track programme which describes the sport in detail to visitors.

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