Veteran MP David Amess (Southend West, Con) is now Sir David, after receiving a knighthood from the Queen in the New Year's Honours.
The Queen's New Year's Honours have been unveiled and there's a British Empire Medal for Emma Callan, a Whitstable woman who offers counselling services in the community.
For services to Brighton Sailing Club and Brighton Surf Life Saving Club and to the community in Brighton, East Sussex, Mrs Virginia Barnacle is awarded the British Empire Medal.
The Queen has officially open Reading Railway Station today following its redevelopment. Network Rail has spent eight hundredand fifty million pounds improving the station which now has new platforms andnew entrances. It will be the second time Queen Elizabeth the 2nd has carried out an opening ceremony at the station.
The Queen will be in Portsmouth today visiting HMS Lancaster.
She will be meeting the crew onboard the Type 23 frigate, which has been part of the Portsmouth fleet since 1992.
The Queen is the ship's sponsor and takes an interest in her deeds around the globe.
The Queen will celebrate her birthday at Windsor Castle today.
A traditional 41 gun salute will be fired in Green Park, London by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery at midday.
An hour later, the Honourable Artillery Company will fire a 62 gun salute from the Tower Wharf by the Tower of London.
To mark her 88th birthday, a portrait by British photographer David Bailey has been released.
The picture was taken in March and commissioned on behalf of the Government's GREAT Britain campaign.
The Queen has two birthdays, her actual one is today whilst her official one is in June.
Her birthday in June is celebrated with the Trooping the colour parade.
The Queen, Prince Philip and Prince William will be in Windsor later today to unveil a new statue.
The statue, which is on the roundabout at the Albert & Kings Road junction near Windsor Castle, is of a pair of the Queens Windsor Grey horses.
The horses pulled the carriage at the Royal Wedding of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Windsor residents raised £200,000 for the statue to be installed on the roundabout.
The statue t is also in honour of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's coronation.
Sue McLeod, the principal of MidKent college has been recognised by the Queen at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace. It's for the College's innovative work in training soldiers.
"It was an amazing experience and I was so proud to accept the award on behalf of all our fantastic members of staff who have worked tirelessly to transform the delivery of training for the Royal Engineers," said Ms McLeod.
"We were accompanied by five young soldiers who attracted a lot of attention and spoke with the Duke of Edinburgh and the Princess Royal at length. It was a very special day and is fantastic recognition of the continued efforts to make best use of the unique skills taught at the RSME."
A swan centre coordinator has spoken of her disgust after a swan was found barbecued on a river bank near Windsor Castle.
Wendy Hermon from Swan Lifeline has described the attack as sickening.