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Beacons 'unite Britain' in appreciation of the Queen

Beacons were lit across the West Country last night to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.

A small group braved Potters Hill at Woolacombe, for the lighting of a brazier celebrating Her Majesty at 90.

Prince Charles said the beacons were uniting Britain in appreciation of the Queen's lifetime of service:

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The Queen at 90: Birthday salute from the Royal Navy

The Royal Navy’s HMS Bulwark marked the 90th birthday of The Queen while in the middle of an intensive international exercise.

Sailors and Royal Marines on board the Plymouth-based assault ship spelled a ‘90’ on the flight deck and the ship’s chefs baked a special cake to celebrate the Queen's milestone:

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Credit: Royal Navy

“On behalf on my ship’s company I would like to offer our loyal greetings and best wishes to Her Majesty on the occasion of her 90th birthday. My sailors and marines were delighted and honoured to be able to mark the occasion in such a special way, and everyone on board wishes her many happy returns for this landmark occasion.”

– Captain James Parkin, the Captain of HMS Bulwark

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School sings happy birthday to The Queen from Exeter

Substituting PE for a practical lesson in the British Monarchy, this school in the West, decided to map out the number 90 in celebration of The Queen's Birthday.

Pupils at The Maynard School in Exeter sang Happy Birthday and the National Anthem to mark the milestone:

'Happy Birthday to you!' Credit: The Maynard School

Beacons to be lit to celebrate Queen's 90th birthday

In celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday today, beacons will be lit across the West Country tonight.

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 Chapel Carn Brea in Cornwall.

Beacons will be lit to celebrate Queen's 90th birthday Credit: ITV West Country

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.

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Beacons to be lit to celebrate Queen's 90th birthday

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.

Beacons will be lit to celebrate Queen's 90th birthday Credit: ITV West Country

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.

Prince Harry gets advice from Cornish aid charity

Prince Harry was welcomed with a wealth of colour on his visit to Okhari in the Himalayas today Credit: Paul Edwards/PA Wire

A Cornwall based charity has been advising Prince Harry on an official visit to Nepal.

Disaster relief organisation Shelterbox was asked to help plan the Royal Tour. Its teams provided aid in many parts of the country following earthquakes in 2015.

Prince Harry plays volleyball in Okhari on day four of his visit to Nepal Credit: Paul Edwards/PA Wire

ASK ELLIE: When will ITV be broadcasting the Queen's 90th birthday?

Sylvia got in touch with Ask Ellie about the Queen's 90th birthday Credit: ITV News

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

– Sylvia via Ask Ellie email
Thank you Sylvia for getting in touch Credit: ITV News

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

– ITV

So Sylvia we will keep you posted as soon as we know more. Thank you again for getting in touch. Ellie

Duchess of Cornwall to visit new Prospect Hospice centre

The Duchess of Cornwall will visit the new outreach centre of a hospice providing vital services to local communities Credit: PA: Anthony Harvey

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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