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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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Royal & celebrity support for Castle fundraiser

Zhang Ziyi arrives for a dinner to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden hosted by the Duke of Cambridge at Windsor Castle Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
Benedict Cumberbatch arrives for a dinner to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
Kate Moss arrives for a dinner to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden hosted by the Duke of Cambridge Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
Cate Blanchett arrives for a dinner to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
Emma Watson arrives for a dinner to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden hosted by the Duke of Cambridge Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

Windsor Castle dinner raises money for hospital charity

The Duke of Cambridge hosts a dinner to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden at Windsor Castle Credit: Doug Seeburg/The Sun/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge speaks with Kate Moss at a dinner to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden at Windsor Castle Credit: Doug Seeburg/The Sun/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge speaks with Cate Blanchett at a dinner to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden Credit: Doug Seeburg/The Sun/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge speaks with Emma Watson and Kate Moss at a dinner to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden Credit: Doug Seeburg/The Sun/PA Wire

Queen celebrates turning 88 at Windsor Castle

This portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by the renowned British photographer David Bailey CBE released to mark her 88th birthday Credit: David Bailey / PA Wire

The Queen will celebrate her birthday at Windsor Castle today.

A traditional 41 gun salute will be fired in Green Park, London by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery at midday.

An hour later, the Honourable Artillery Company will fire a 62 gun salute from the Tower Wharf by the Tower of London.

To mark her 88th birthday, a portrait by British photographer David Bailey has been released.

The picture was taken in March and commissioned on behalf of the Government's GREAT Britain campaign.

The Queen has two birthdays, her actual one is today whilst her official one is in June.

Her birthday in June is celebrated with the Trooping the colour parade.

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Irish President praises 'warm friendship' with UK

Irish president Michael Higgins addresses Parliament

Ireland's President Michael Higgins today praised the "warm friendship" with the UK as he became the first Irish head of state to address the House of Parliament.

Foreign Secretary William Hague shares a joke with Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and David Cameron before Michael Higgins' speech

Mr Higgins said the links between the two countries were now "strong and resolute" and there was now "mutual respect" despite historical differences.

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Queen and Irish President view Royal collection

The Queen and the Irish President Micheal D Higgens have been viewing Irish items in the Royal collection in Windsor as part of the historic state visit.

President Higgins will address the Houses of Parliament later this afternoon, before the royal banquet this evening.

More: Queen and President observe Irish anthem at Windsor

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Queen and President observe Irish anthem at Windsor

The Queen and the President of Ireland stood side by side to observe the Irish Anthem being played by a military band in Windsor, during the first visit to the UK by an Irish head of state.

The anthem was played after the President Higgins and Michael Higgins were honoured with two separate gun salutes, and Mr Higgins and Philip inspected troops of the Queen's Company, Genadier Guards.

Major Andrew Seddon, captain of the Queen's Company Grenadier Guards, invited Mr Higgins to inspect the guard of honour, speaking to him in Irish. The Irish Guards was represented by their regimental band as the troops are currently on peacekeeping duties in Cyprus.

President Higgins presented a new ceremonial red coat to its regimental mascot, an Irish wolfhound called Domhnall of Shantamon.

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