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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.'

First big gathering of ships since D-Day

Video. Sixty years ago thousands of people thronged the shores of the Solent to watch the Queen review her fleet as part of celebrations for her Coronation.

It was the first big gathering of naval ships since D-Day and probably the last time Britain was able to display the might of its navy in such a grand way.

Richard Jones has been speaking to those who took part and to those who watched from afar.


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Recognised in The Queen's Birthday Honours List

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.

The report features:

Volunteer who helped thousands of Air Cadets awarded a BEM

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.


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New bills keep HS2 project on track

An artist's impression of HS2.

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.

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