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Extraordinary people celebrated in Birthday Honours

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List is published in recognition of the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom, from the Isles of Scilly up to the Scottish Highlands.

The Queen's Birthday Honours list is announced today Credit: Press Association

More than 1100 people have been recognised and while there are some famous names, the majority are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities.

There are roughly equal numbers of women and men on this Honours List (49% female) following New Year 2014, the first time ever that there had been more women on the list than men.

Among them are Joanna Barker, of Bray Berkshire, honoured for services to people with cancer, she founded the charity Target Ovarian Cancer.

Also honoured are Robin Aitken and Thomas Cairns, of Oxfordshire for their work as Co-Directors of Oxford Food Bank for services to Vulnerable People.



Queens gift on display at Windsor Castle

Video. Windsor Castle has much to entice tourists inside its stone walls but outside in the grounds, there is a new attraction. Six willow arches have been constructed as a gift to the Queen, one for each decade she has been on the throne.

The coronation arches are now on display on the long walk at Windsor Great Park and has taken two months to complete. They were officially opened at the weekend. Divya Kohli reports.

The Queen's former car fetches £45,000 at auction

The Queen owned the Daimler car between 2001 and 2004 Credit: Brooklands auctioneers

A Daimler saloon car that used to belong to the Queen has sold at auction for £45,360 in Surrey. The guide price listed in the brochure was £25,000 - £30,000.

Her Majesty the Queen used the vehicle to travel between Windsor castle and Buckingham Palace.

The auctioneers said the Queen's former car would grace any collection Credit: Brooklands auctioneers

One of the Queen's cars is up for auction

The Queen's former Daimler parked outside Windsor Castle Credit: Brooklands auctioneers

A car that used to belong to Her Majesty the Queen is up for auction in Surrey. The Daimler saloon car was delivered to Buckingham Palace in 2001. The Queen used the vehicle to travel between Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, as well as when attending her other engagements.

The car was transferred to The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust by the Royal household in 2004, and has a mileage of 15,252. The guide price at Brooklands auctioneers is £25,000 - £30,000.

The Queen behind the wheel of the Daimler saloon car Credit: Brooklands auctioneers

The car was last seen in public at the Cartier Royal Jubilee display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Sussex in 2012.

The description of the car in the guide listing ends: '... this represents a rare opportunity to purchase a unique, important and totally useable, one careful lady owner vehicle which would surely grace any collection.'

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