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Llantrisant Royal Mint to give away Royal silver penny

Babies born on the same day as the Royal baby are to be given a 'Lucky Silver Penny' struck with the year of their birth.

Similar coins were struck at the Christening of Prince George in 2013. Credit: PA

Llantrisant Royal Mint is making 2,015 pennies struck with the new effigy of Her Majesty the Queen to mark the birth.

The gift will be amongst the first coins to bear the latest Royal portrait.

To mark the birth of Prince George, the Royal Mint gave 2,013 Lucky Silver Pennies to babies born on the same day and also struck a limited edition £5 coin in his honour.

Parents wanting to claim their Silver Penny will have to visit the register the birth of their child on the Royal Mint's Facebook page.

The birth of the new royal baby will be a joyous occasion not just for Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge but also for the whole nation, as we prepare to celebrate another remarkable milestone in their life journey together.

However, it will also be a special day for many mothers and fathers across the country as they too welcome the arrival of their new babies, hence why we wanted to extend this historical moment to them with a unique and timeless gift that can be treasured for years to come.

– hane Bissett, Director of Commemorative Coin at the Royal Mint

Queen honours 1st Battalion Welsh Guards

The Queen has praised the "family spirit" of the Welsh Guards as she presented new Colours to the regiment in its centenary year.

The regiment celebrated its centenary year with a ceremony at Windsor Castle Credit: PA

The Queen and the Prince of Wales, who is regimental colonel of the unit, honoured more than 300 troops gathered for the ceremony in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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They were joined by the Duke of Edinburgh and Duchess of Cornwall as the royal family eagerly await news of whether the Duchess of Cambridge has gone into labour.

Dressed in ceremonial red tunics and bearskins in the castle's quadrangle, it is the eighth time the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards has received new Colours, which are the regimental flags of the British Army.

Queen to honour 1st Battalion Welsh Guards

The regiment is celebrating its centenary year with a ceremony at Windsor Castle. Credit: PA

The Queen will lead senior members of the royal family today as she presents new Colours to the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards celebrating its centenary year.

She will be joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to honour the regiment during a ceremony at Windsor Castle.

The royal family, who are eagerly waiting news of whether the Duchess of Cambridge has gone into labour, will then attend a garden party at the castle with the regiment's soldiers and their loved ones.

The Queen will be joined at the ceremony by Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Credit: PA

The infantry units of the British army each have two Colours; the Queen's Colour, which is a union flag and symbolises the regiment's loyalty to the Crown, and a regimental Colour which has all the unit's battle honours inscribed on it.

The 1st Battalion Welsh Guards received its first Colours at Buckingham Palace from King George V in 1915. Its seventh and current pair was presented by the Queen at Windsor Castle in May 2006.

Charles has been regimental colonel of the Welsh Guards since 1975.

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