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Pope Francis gives Queen a gift for Prince George

The Queen exchanged gifts with Pope Francis at the Vatican today, with the head of the Catholic Church giving Her Majesty an ornamental orb for her great-grandson, Prince George.

"He will be thrilled with that - when he is a little older!", the Queen joked.

The gifts presented to the Queen, including an ornamental orb for Prince George and a set of papal medals for the Duke of Edinburgh Credit: Vatican TV

Pope Francis also gave the Duke of Edinburgh a set of papal medals, prompting the Duke to joke that it was "the only gold medal I have ever won".

Prince Philip shows Pope Francis a bottle of whisky from the royal estate at Balmoral Credit: Vatican TV

The Queen gave the pontiff a selection of British produce from the royal estates, including a bottle of whiskey from Balmoral and honey from Buckingham Palace.

The Queen presents a selection of British produce to Pope Francis Credit: Vatican TV


Royals open Field of Remembrance in London

Prince Harry and the Duke of Edinburgh have opened the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London.

Prince Harry and the Duke of Edinburgh opened the Field of Remembrance. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The royals spent nearly an hour meeting veterans and members of the Royal British Legion and Poppy Factory as they were led around the 100,000 crosses that have been planted in memory of fallen soldiers.

The royals met veterans and members of the Royal British Legion. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

After arriving at the Abbey in a Rolls Royce, the pair paid their respects by each laying a small cross of remembrance in front of two wooden crosses from the Graves of Unknown British Soldiers from the First and Second World Wars.

Harry pays his respects by laying a small cross of remembrance. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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Duke and Prince Harry to honour fallen soldiers

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Prince Harry and the Duke of Edinburgh will pay their respects to soldiers killed in battle at Westminster Abbey later today. Credit: PA

Prince Harry and his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, will pay their respects at the Field of Remembrance in Westminster Abbey.

Each will lay a Cross of Remembrance in front of two wooden crosses from the Graves of Unknown British Soldiers from the First and Second World Wars.

The Last Post will sound, marking the start of two minutes silence, after which the two royals will visit meet veterans of more recent battles.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are also expected to attend separate Remembrance events later today.


World's oldest clipper ship to depart for Australia

The Duke of Edinburgh officially re-named the world's oldest clipper ship in London today before the vessel is taken to Australia to become a tourist attraction.

The City of Adelaide, also known as The Carrick, was built in Sunderland in 1864 and in its heyday carried hundreds of people Down Under.

Campaigners from Sunderland insist the vessel should return to the River Wear, however the grade A-listed ship was purchased by a Adelaide-based consortium three years ago.

ITV News Special Correspondent Rageh Omaar reports:

Duke of Edinburgh hosts 500th awards ceremony

The Duke of Edinburgh has celebrated his eponymous awards scheme by sharing a laugh with the recipients of its gold award.

Philip's good humour came as he held his 500th presentation ceremony for those who have earned his scheme's highest honour.

The Duke toured the state rooms of St James' palace chatting to young people. Credit: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire
Prince Philip told one group that "suffering is good for the soul". Credit: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire/

Founded by the Duke in 1956, it has set millions of teenagers across the country on the path to self discovery as they take on ever more challenging tasks, in a range of categories, as they progress from bronze to silver and achieve the final gold award.

As he toured the state rooms of St James's Palace, Philip chatted to young people and joked with one group who told him of the hardships of their expedition: "You were meant to suffer, it's good for the soul.

Prince Philip meets baby Prince George for first time

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their baby son Prince George. Credit: Michael Middleton/PA Wire

Prince George is thought to have met his great-grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh for the first time in Scotland at the weekend, eight weeks after he was born.

Philip, who is staying at Balmoral with the Queen, has been convalescing after exploratory abdominal surgery in June and is thought not to have met the newest member of the family.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son flew to Scotland on Sunday for a private holiday and to spend time with the Queen and Philip.

There is also speculation that a picture may be taken showing the Queen with three future monarchs - Charles, William and baby George.

Duke conducts first official engagement in two months

The Duke of Edinburgh said it was a "great pleasure to be back in circulation" after conducting his first official engagement in nearly two months.

Prince Philip, who has been an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh since 1951, handed out medals at the Society to Professor Sir John Cadogan, Professor Michael Ferguson and Sir Ian Wood.

The 92-year-old underwent exploratory abdominal surgery in June.

ITV News' Scotland Correspondent Debi Edward reports:

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