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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 receives warm welcome at opening of vet school

The Queen's love of horses is well-documented and today she got to meet the next generation of equine vets as she officially opened a new state-of-the-art veterinary school in Guildford.

Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh were also given a tour of the £45 million facility. The University of Surrey is aiming to deliver cutting-edge teaching and research.

The school boasts a large clinical skills facility and what the university says is one of the best veterinary pathology centres in Europe.

Watch Emma Wilkinson's report:

Interviewee: Professor Chris Proudman, Head of Veterinary School, University of Surrey.


The Queen unveils new £45 million vet school

The Queen is opening a new £45 million veterinary school in Surrey today.

She will be joined by the Duke of Edinburgh for a tour of the University of Surrey's School of Veterinary Medicine in Guildford and will meet students.

The Queen Credit: ITV News

The royal couple will meet Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, star of Channel 4's The Supervet, and see dogs that have benefited from prosthetic limb surgery. The new facility boasts one of the best veterinary pathology centres in Europe.

"We are hugely honoured to welcome Her Majesty and His Royal Highness to the University of Surrey.

The School of Veterinary Medicine further cements our position as a world-class institution that is delivering cutting-edge teaching and research from state-of-the-art facilities.

It will not only provide the next generation of sought-after veterinary graduates, but it will offer significant opportunities for collaboration between human and animal medical science professionals and public sector organisations."

– Professor Michael Kearney, Vice-Chancellor, University of Surrey

Queen opens new £900 million Reading station

The Queen was in Reading today to officially open the town's new railway station. £900 million has been spent on a major revamp which includes five new platforms, two entrances, a new link bridge and retail outlets.

Despite radical cuts to public spending after the last election the massive upgrade at Reading was given the go-ahead.

That's because the station is one of the most important hubs in the country with links to London, Gatwick, the south coast and the Thames Valley.

It's is also one of the most congested.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse was there for the Royal opening. and spoke to Robbie Burns from Network Rail, Mark Hopwood the Managin Director at First Great Western, and Reading East MP Rob Wilson.

Queen to open new £850 million Reading railway station

The Queen will open Reading railway station today following its redevelopment.

Network Rail has spent £850 million improving the station which now has new platforms and new entrances.

It will be the second time the Queen has carried out an opening ceremony at the station.

The Queen will officially open the redeveloped Reading railway staion Credit: Paul Hackett/PA Wire


OBE for University of Southampton Professor

Professor Michael Kelly OBE Credit: University of Southampton

Michael Kelly, Professor of French and currently Head of Modern Languages at the University of Southampton, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014.

Professor Kelly has been recognised for services to higher education and European cooperation.

“I am delighted to receive this honour. It recognises my contribution to cultural exchanges between Britain and France and the work I have done to promote the study of languages in this country.

Britain's oldest boxing coach honoured in Queen's list

At 90 Jack Bishop is Britain's oldest boxing coach. Affectionately known as Mr Boxing, Jack of Fareham, Hampshire has been honoured with a British Empire Medal.

Involved with the sport for 80 years, Jack has worked tirelessly to promote local fighters in Portsmouth and Southampton.

He first took up boxing as a 10 year old before joining the Royal Marines. In 1963 he became a professional manager where his reputation quickly grew before going on to become one of the most respectable boxing promoters.

During his five decades in the sport, his boxing stable has seen many boxers at various stages of their careers.

A hugely respected and well liked figure in the local area, he has given many generations of boxers their chance to shine.

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