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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:
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:
“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.”
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:
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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.
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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