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A rare handwritten letter by the Queen describing her courtship with the Duke of Edinburgh has sold for £14,400 at auction.
The two-page account details the early stages of the relationship to author Betty Shew, who was writing a book on the upcoming Royal Wedding as a souvenir of their marriage.
It was sold to a private collector from the UK at a sale in Chippenham - and far exceeded the £800-£1200 estimate.
In it, the young Elizabeth recounts how the pair met when she was just 13 at the the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth:
"I was 13 years of age and he was 18 and a cadet just due to leave. He joined the Navy at the outbreak of war, and I only saw him very occasionally when he was on leave - I suppose about twice in three years.
"Then when his uncle and aunt, Lord and Lady Mountbatten, were away he spent various weekends away with us at Windsor. Then he went to the Pacific and Far East for two years as everyone there will know...
"We both love dancing - we have danced at Ciro's and Quaglino's as well at parties.
"We first started seeing more of each other when Philip went for a two-year job to the R.N Petty Officers School at Corsham - before that we hardly knew each other.
"He'd spend weekends with us, and when the school was closed he spent six weeks at Balmoral - it was great luck his getting a short job first them! Elizabeth"
Beacons were lit across the region on Thursday night to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.
Crowds came to Dyrham Park near Bath to see a brazier lit celebrating the occasion.
Prince Charles said they were uniting Britain in appreciation of the Queen's lifetime of service:
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Dozen of beacons will be lit across West to celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday.
As the sun goes down, they'll be lit at churches, farms, country parks, village greens and country estates - lighting up the sky from Glastonbury Tor in Somerset to the Westbury White Horse in Wiltshire.
There is a long tradition of celebrating special royal occasions such as jubilees, coronations and birthdays with the lighting of beacons.
The last celebration was in 2012 for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
The beacons will be specially built gas-fuelled structures, traditional bonfires or braziers on top of a tall wooden post.
I understand that ITV will record the pageant at Windsor Castle in May to mark H.M.Queen's 90th birthday ready for future showing. Local communities are asked to arrange their own celebrations for the official birthday weekend June 11th & 12th. I would like to know a.s.a.p When ITV will show the recording because we will build our plans around the showing, possibly on a big screen with an evening meal, like we do for the last night of the Proms, or afternoon picnic, etc depending on timing. It is now urgent that we book the venue & date, other entertainments etc but cannot until the details are announced. All arrangements for celebrations are very vague and I don't want to make plans that cannot be changed nearer the time I would be so grateful for any help and advice you can give, Kind Regards Sylvia Gilson for Chulmleigh Jubilee Committee
Thank you so much Sylvia for getting in touch with Ask Ellie. I have been in touch with the ITV Press Centre. This is what they say....
Hi Ellie We won't be able to release TX information at the moment but it will be sometime later this year... However, once we can let you know more information we will. Thanks
So Sylvia we will keep you posted as soon as we know more. Thank you again for getting in touch. Ellie
The Duchess of Cornwall will visit the new outreach centre of a hospice providing vital services to local communities.
Camilla will tour Prospect Hospice's new facility at Savernake Hospital in the Wiltshire market town of Marlborough, which gives care and support to patients, carers and families dealing with terminal illness.
The local community rallied together and raised the target total of £260,000 in under four months and the centre's doors were opened in October last year.
During the visit the Duchess, who is the hospice's president, will meet some of the fundraisers who supported the campaign as well as staff, patients, carers and families who are now using the new facilities.
Camilla will also visit Forest and Sandridge Church of England Primary School, in the nearby town of Melksham to officially open its new building.
Work on the new school began in October 2014 and was completed last September, in time for the start of the new school year.
The Duchess will tour the new facilities, meeting staff and students along the way and her visit will end with Camilla attending a school assembly.
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