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Bubble marks Battersea milestone

Bubble is the 800th animal to arrive at the centre in Windsor Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Old Windsor

Bubble is the eight hundredth animal to arrive at Old Windsor's Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. The centre is taking in, on average, six animals every day.

"We're seeing an increase in people giving up their pets, but our doors are open 365 days a year and we'll always help those animals that need us. Bubble is an adorable pup but needs owners that can commit to his training. We're sure it won't be long before the right owners come along and he's happily settled in a new home."

– Kaye Mughal, centre manager at Battersea Old Windsor

The Royal Windsor Horse Show beings

'Windsor Wednesday' has marked the opening day of the international horse show that is attended by the Queen every year.

The colourful event where riders compete in events such as show jumping, dressage and carriage driving has been taking place since 1943.

The Royal Windsor Horse Show is the only time of the year that the private grounds of the castle are open to the public. Penny Silvester reports.

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Princess Charlotte...made out of lego

The lego model of Princess Charlotte is made up of just 3 bricks Credit: Legoland

She was welcomed into the world just days ago, but Princess Charlotte is already on display for visitors to greet with a wave.

A figure of the Royal princess - made up of just three bricks - was added to Legoland Windsor over the weekend, joining her big brother Prince George and parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Prince Charles and Camilla and Kate's parents Carole and Michael Middleton also feature in the display, with Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana sharing a 7cms tall double buggy with her brother outside the 35,000 brick Buckingham Palace.

The lego model of Princess Charlotte is made up of just 3 bricks Credit: Legoland
The lego model of Princess Charlotte is made up of just 3 bricks Credit: Legoland

"Our guests have a real soft spot for the Miniland Royal Family, so we didn't think twice about celebrating the birth of Princess Charlotte by adding her into our hugely popular Royal scene.

"Updating our Royal family has become something of a tradition here at Legoland Windsor and we've had a lot of fun with them over the years – from recreating the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding in miniature and commissioning tiny bespoke Royal Ascot hats for the Royal ladies, to throwing Prince George a teeny first birthday garden party last summer. We hope guests will enjoy our latest Royal addition as much as we do."

– Sue Kemp, divisional director of the Legoland Windsor Resort

The Royal couple announced their daughter's name yesterday/on Monday, two days after she was born following a three-hour labour.

Charlotte had been the bookies' favourite, while Elizabeth is the middle name of Kate's mother Carole and the name of the Princess' other famous grandmother, the Queen.

Princess Diana gave birth to William in the same hospital where Charlotte was born, London's St Mary's Hospital.

Emperor's clothes on display at Windsor Castle

Items - seized at the Battle of Waterloo 200 years ago - have gone on display at Windsor Castle.

Included is the cloak worn by Napoleon - looted from his carriage after he was defeated by the Duke of Wellington and the Allied army.

The exhibition - at the state apartments - tells the story of what happened in 1815, the people involved - and the Prince Regent, who was obsessed with Napoleon. Divya Kohli reports.

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Celebrities post photos from Elton John wedding

Celebrity guests have been posting their congratulations to Elton John and David Furnish, who are getting married today at a service in Windsor.

Among the guests were comedian Jimmy Carr, actress Liz Hurley and the Beckhams.

300 thousand pieces of Christmas at Legoland

At 8m tall and made of more than 300,000 bricks, it is not the sort of Christmas tree Santa Claus is likely to miss.

Model maker Katrina James took great care as she leaned out from a cherry-picker and gently slotted into place the bright yellow star that adorns the top of the tree at Legoland in Windsor this week.

The enormous Lego tree took six modelling experts four weeks to construct.

The pine tree was built in sections that were then manoeuvred into place, and the tree has been festooned with hundreds of twinkling lights.

The star itself took Ms James six days to create, requiring meticulous design to ensure it was precise and had perfect proportions.

Despite looking rather delicate, the tree has been built to withstand the elements.

The Lego model makers are amazing at making sure everything is weather-proof.

They have special glue and other things to make it weather-proof. The tree will have an internal structure, an architecture of metal, so it is not just classic Lego but is built around a frame.

– Legoland spokesperson

Berkshire school welcomes royal visitors

School prepares to welcome Royal visitors Credit: ITV news

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are visiting Berkshire today. They're due to take a tour of Holyport College near Windsor where they'll meet staff and pupils. The Royal Party will visit classrooms, a science laboratory, a boarding house and the dining area. The Royal Party will then move to the College sports hall, where The Queen will unveil a plaque to mark the visit and the official opening of the school.

Holyport College is a co-educational day and boarding school for students aged 11 to 19 years. It is a state-funded 'free school,' which opened in September 2014. The first pupils entered the school in Years 7 and 9, and the school will include a Sixth Form. Nearby Eton College is the school's academic sponsor, bringing educational experience and pastoral expertise to Holyport College. Pupils from Holyport College are able to use some of Eton's facilities, notably for sport. A number of pupils and staff from Eton College will be present during the visit.

Controlled explosion of World War II mortar

Controlled explosion of World War II mortar shell at the River Thames in Windsor Credit: Thames Valley Police

A World War II mortar shell has been detonated in a controlled explosion in Windsor.

The mortar was discovered in the River Thames and was disposed of yesterday near the Victoria Bridge by King Edward the Seventh Avenue by the Royal Navy Bomb disposal team and members of Thames Valley Police Specialist Search and Recovery Team.

Roads and part of the River Thames were cordoned off and closed temporarily during the operation yesterday lunchtime

PC Rupert Jones of Thames Valley Police said: 'This was a successful operation and we are very pleased with the outcome which caused minimal disruption to the public.'

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