The achievements of dozens of people from the South have been recognised by the Queen in her Birthday Honours list. Mel Bloor has been finding out more about the good works of some of those who have been selected for the honours.
Roy Pidgeon from Kings Somborne in Hampshire has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
The 80-year-old, was given recognition for his services to the Air Training Corps (ATC). He will retire from the ATC in July after 67 years of service. He told us about his work.
Mr Pidgeon joined the Air Training Corps in 1946 as a Cadet and has remained an active member ever since in a variety of roles.
As an officer he has been involved in staff development by mentoring them offering guidance and advice as necessary. He also helped cadets to develop their leadership skills through the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme.
Patricia Lovett, a professional scribe from Sevenoaks in Kent has been awarded an MBE. She is the first person to ever receive the honour for Services to Heritage Craft and Calligraphy. Her experience includes work as an illuminator, teacher, lecturer and an author. She gave her reaction.
There was plenty of pomp and ceremony as The Queen attended the House of Commons today for the main ceremonial event of the parlimentary calendar - The State opening of Parliament. And she had bad news for opponents of the high speed rail link through Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
The Government showed its determination to keep the £33 billion HS2 rail project firmly on track by announcing proposed legislation in the Queen's Speech.
The first phase of the controversial scheme, from London to Birmingham, runs through Tory heartlands and is bitterly opposed by some residents' groups and some councils.
But the project has all-party support today an HS2 Hybrid Bill was announced as well as a High Speed Rail Preparation Bill.
The Hybrid Bill will not only give the Government parliamentary permission to build the line, but any specific powers needed to operate it.
The Preparation Bill will provide the financial powers to proceed with HS2 more quickly than otherwise possible.
This Bill will allow expenditure on the construction design of HS2 as well ecological surveys and other preparatory work. It will also provide Parliamentary authority for expenditure on property compensation.
We expect the High Speed Rail Two rail line to be rubber stamped today during the Queen's Speech. The legislation would allow funding to be made available before the whole project is given the go-ahead.
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President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the leader of the United Arab Emirates, and Her Majesty the Queen arrive in Windsor by coach, at the start of a two-day state visit by the President.