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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: Windsor Castle

William the Conqueror chose the site for Windsor Castle. It was high above the River Thames, on the edge of a Saxon hunting ground. Construction work began in the year 1070. The castle, built by the Queen's ancestor, draws people to the town in Berkshire.

Princess Elizabeth and her sister Margaret spent the Second World War living there. It was a fortress to keep them safe. But to the Queen it was and always has been home.

As a young princess the Queen was given the Freedom of the Borough in 1947, the first woman to be given the honour.

ITV Meridian presenter Sangeeta Bhabra has been meeting the people who work and live in the castle to find out why the royal residence is so special.

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Obama has lunch with Her Majesty at Windsor Castle

The American President swept into the south today for a special birthday lunch with the Queen.

Barack Obama, accompanied by the first lady - arrived by helicopter at Windsor Castle. They were greeted by her majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh who were waiting in the Berkshire rain.

But Mr Obama also flew straight into a political storm as he used his last official visit as president to urge the UK to stay within the EU.

With more from Windsor, here's Divya Kohli.

Royal tourist areas set for £37m investment

Windsor Castle Credit: ITV News Meridian

Windsor Castle is to undergo a multi-million pound makeover.

The Royal Residence in Berkshire is sharing a £37m pound investment by the Royal Collection Trust. The work will open up more of the castle and create a special learning centre.

The works, known as the Future Programme, will start next year. The castle will remain open to visitors throughout the development.

Windsor Castle Credit: ITV News Meridian

Ballot opens for 5,000 tickets to watch Queen 90 celebrations

5,000 tickets will be available for the Long Walk in Windsor Credit: PA

Thousands of people have been applying for free tickets to help celebrate the Queen's birthday in Windsor.

Tickets for the celebration on the Long Walk in May sold out within hours in November. But a ballot of 5,000 tickets opened to the public yesterday.

The Long Walk will offer the opportunity to be involved in a pre-performance party on the final night of the event and to watch a live-screening of the ITV broadcast from the iconic Long Walk.

The show will tell the remarkable story of The Queen's life encompassing a reign spanning more than 60 years, starting from when she was born in 1926, through World War Two, to The Coronation in 1953.

Applications for the ballot can be completed online by filling out a short form, which can be found at www.hmq90.com or they can be applied for in writing to: Celebration on The Long Walk, The Old Booking Hall, Windsor Royal Shopping, Thames St, Windsor SL4 1PJ.

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Ant & Dec to host ITV coverage of The Queen's party

It is being billed as a huge party for the Queen - a star studded show in the grounds of Windsor Castle, to mark her Majesty's 90th birthday.

Now it has been revealed the event in May, which will be broadcast live on ITV, will be hosted by Britain's most popular TV duo Ant and Dec. As Rachel Hepworth reports, preparations are well under way.

The interviewees are: Simon Brooks-Ward, Director of the Queens's birthday celebrations; the singer Katherine Jenkins; Pau Roach, Windsor & Eton town manager; and Julia White, Windsor Visitor manager.

Christmas decorations being installed at Windsor Castle

We've been at Windsor Castle today looking at how the staff are preparing for Christmas. Watch ITV News Meridian over the coming days to find out more!

Christmas preparations at Windsor Castle Credit: ITV Meridian
Christmas preparations at Windsor Castle Credit: ITV Meridian
Christmas preparations at Windsor Castle Credit: ITV Meridian

Documents from the Royal Archives revealed for the first time at Windsor Castle

An exhibition at Windsor Castle gives a new insight into the life of Queen Victoria, who has often been portrayed as a stern woman in black who was 'not amused'. Now documents show she as a very 'human' Queen, with plenty of passion.

Pages from her diaries are on show, as well as love letters, and important royal documents that date back from 1914. ITV Meridian's Divya Kohli got a glimpse of the new collection from the Royal Archives .

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