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Reading's Chris Mears receives MBE from Queen

Chris Mears with diving partner Jack Laugher Credit: John Walton/PA

Reading's very own olympic diver, Chris Mears, has been at Buckingham Palace today to receive his MBE from the Queen.

The 24-year-old, and his diving partner Jack Laugher won gold at last summer's games in Rio in the synchronised three metre springboard event.

Mears was given just a 5% chance of survival in 2009 after suffering a ruptured spleen but overcame his illness to become an olympic champion.

Jack Laugher and Chris Mears at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 Credit: Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA


Statue of Queen Mother unveiled in Poundbury

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were welcomed to Poundbury this morning Credit: ITV Meridian

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were in Dorset today.

They travelled with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to Poundbury, which is just outside Dorchester.

Hundreds gathered for the Queen's visit to Poundbury Credit: ITV Meridian

The Prince of Wales has helped design the experimental new town, which features a mix of shops, cottages, town houses and businesses.

The Queen also unveiled a 9 foot statue of the Queen Mother in the village square.

Poundbury will have 5000 residents when it's finished by 2025.

A statue of the Queen Mother was unveiled in the Square Credit: ITV Meridian

The Queen celebrates 300 years of the Royal Artillery Regiment

The Queen has been the Captain-General of the Royal Artillery Regiment for sixty five years and today she joined them on Salisbury Plain - as they celebrated their three hundredth anniversary celebrations.

Dressed in pale pink, Her Majesty arrived by helicopter to be greeted by the thousands who had turned out for the special visit.

Known as the Gunners, the regiment provides the fire power for the British Army.

The Queen was greeted with a 21 gun salute during a day of celebrations. Rachel Hepworth reports.


The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations: A weekend preview - our special programme from Windsor in full

A weekend of public celebrations to mark the Queen's birthday at Windsor

This weekend marks a very special public celebration of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth's ninetieth birthday.

The events and shows at Windsor include more than 1,500 performers from across the globe, hundreds of horses and more than 25,000 spectators.

ITV Meridian's Sangeeta Bhabra and Simon Parkin presented the live programme from the grounds of Windsor Castle, speaking to many of the people taking part both in front of, and behind the scenes. Join us in a celebration of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.

The Queen and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, will attend the final night of celebrations on Sunday. There will be live coverage of the star-studded event in a programme hosted by Ant & Dec, on ITV from 8.35pm on the evening of Sunday 15th May..

The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations: Her Majesty & her horses

The Queen's love of horses is well documented and that passion is reflected in the celebrations over the next few nights.

As a young princess she enjoyed riding in Windsor Great Park - something she still does today.

The Queen owns and breeds thoroughbreds. Those close to her say horse racing is when she really relaxes. Penny Silvester has been talking to the Queen's Racing Advisor, John Warren, about why her affection for these animals runs so deep.

The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations: A preview

The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations in Windsor this weekend are set to be an event to remember. The offering will feature one and a half thousand performers from across the world, 900 horses, 25,000 spectators and a very special guest of honour.

We've met some of the acts taking part and we've been speaking to those who know the Queen personally.

Last-minute sound checks and rehearsals have been happening today in the main arena, ready for this evening's events. But the day started with the 73rd Royal Windsor Horse Show. Here's Mike Pearse.

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