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Queen to visit HMS Lancaster in Portsmouth today

The Queen will be in Portsmouth, visiting HMS Lancaster Credit: Paul Hackett/PA Wire

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.

Queen celebrates turning 88 at Windsor Castle

This portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by the renowned British photographer David Bailey CBE released to mark her 88th birthday Credit: David Bailey / PA Wire

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.

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Royalty will be in Windsor later to unveil new statue

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.

Principal of MidKent college recognised at Buckingham Palace

Kent principal recognised by Her Majesty Credit: ITV Meridian

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."

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