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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.

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

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Duke of Edinburgh to visit Plymouth today

The Duke of Edinburgh is visiting the Marines at Devonport. Credit: ITV News West Country

Plymouth will play host to a special royal guest this afternoon, as His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh comes down to Devon's east coast.

The Duke will be down in Plymouth this afternoon visiting the Marines at Devonport where he will be presenting a long service and handing out awards.

Prince Philip will then officially open the new Mercury building at the naval base.

As part of his visit, the Duke will view amphibious craft equipment, including landing craft and raiding craft.

The Duke will see landing craft and raiding vessels as part of his visit. Credit: ITV News
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