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.
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Interviewee: Professor Chris Proudman, Head of Veterinary School, University of Surrey.
The Queen has 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 £45m pound facility.
This latest investment means the University of Surrey will be able to deliver cutting edge teaching and research.
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 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.
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.
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.
Heroes and heroines from around the south and thames valley region have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. They range from movie stars to everyday folk doing extraordinary work, as David Johns reports.
Heroes and heroines from around the south-east have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. They range from sporting stars to everyday folk doing extraordinary work, as David Johns reports.
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.
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.
Oscar-winning star Dame Maggie Smith has been elevated to a Companion of Honour. For a generation of TV viewers, the 79-year-old is now inextricably linked with her role as the Countess of Grantham in ITV's period drama Downton Abbey.