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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

Duke of Edinburgh due to visit Devonport

The Duke of Edinburgh is due in Plymouth today Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The Duke of Edinburgh is due to meet with Royal Marines at Devonport today.

He'll be presenting long service and good conduct awards, as well as meeting injured servicemen and women. 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


Cornish charity to benefit from Bond film premiere

Daniel Craig as 007 in Spectre Credit: Sony Pictures

Cornish charity ShelterBox has been chosen as one of three charities to receive funds from the world premiere of the new James Bond film Spectre. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have nominated ShelterBox to benefit from one of London’s biggest red carpet events, the Royal Film Performance at the Royal Albert Hall on October 26.

The Royal Film Performance is held in aid of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the charity for the UK film, cinema and commercial television industries, which provides support for those working behind the scenes in times of hardship. Save The Children will also benefit. The charities receive an equal share of the value of tickets, and sales of a special souvenir programme featuring a page about ShelterBox.

A ShelterBox emergency kit for emergency relief Credit: ShelterBox

This is ShelterBox’s second brush with Hollywood action movie fame this year. The charity’s Australian affiliate provided ShelterBoxes and tents for closing shots of a post-earthquake shelter camp at the climax of the summer blockbuster ‘San Andreas’ starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

‘For ShelterBox to have been put in the spotlight in this way, and given the chance to benefit from such a Royal and celebrity occasion, is a huge honour. The world’s media will be there, and we will have the chance to tell some very famous and influential people what we do, and how we do it.’

– Alison Wallace, ShelterBox CEO

Prince Harry due in Devon next week on rugby duty

Prince Harry is Honorary President of England 2015 and patron of the RFU's All Schools Programme Credit: PA

It has been announced that Prince Harry is to visit a Devon rugby club next Wednesday, 7 October.

The Prince - who is patron of the All Schools rugby programme - will see how it has been encouraging youngsters in Paignton to take up the sport.

He'll go on to Exeter to see the Rugby World Cup match between Namibia and Georgia.

Children taking part in the All Schools Rugby Programme in Paignton Credit: ITV News

Your memories of the Queen's visits to the South West

The Queen became the country's longest serving monarch today - breaking the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

In her 63 years and seven months on the throne the Queen has paid numerous visits to the South West - giving thousands of people special memories of our monarch.

Claire Manning has been hearing some of those stories:


Queen becomes longest reigning monarch today

The Queen visiting the Bridge Inn in Topsham in 1998. Credit: ITV News West Country

Today the Queen becomes Britain's longest serving monarch.

She's made many trips to the West Country - but perhaps her most memorable is her first ever official visit to a pub.

Queen Elizabeth visited the Bridge Inn in Topsham in 1998 - drawing media interest from all over the world:

Your memories of the Queen

The Queen visited Plymouth in 1962 Credit: ITV News

Next month the Queen will become the longest serving monarch in British History, and we'll be commemorating her life on the throne.

Perhaps you have photos or video of the day the Queen came to your school, town or workplace? If you'd like to share your story then email us at or you can send us a message via Facebook.

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BREAKING - William and Kate see America's Cup visit blown off course

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's day supporting sailor Sir Ben Ainslie and his crew in the America's Cup World Series was blown off course by bad weather.

Parts of William and Kate's itinerary had to cancelled and new venues found for other events after heavy rain and blustery conditions swept into Portsmouth.

The Duchess arrives at the Royal Navy Historic Dockyard Credit: PA
All smiles despite the rain Credit: PA

Sir Ben, the most successful sailor in Olympic history, is due to skipper his team on the second day of the opening leg of the World Series but it's been confirmed that racing has been abandoned for the day.

After being forced to return to dry land, Sir Ben said: "The English summer, you just can't count on it.

The Duke and Duchess are welcomed to Portsmouth Credit: PA

"Yesterday was the most amazing day of my sailing career. There were so many people out, everyone had a fantastic time.

"Today was a shame but we will get that sorted out and book the weather in for next year."

– Sir Ben Ainslie
The Duchess wearing her personalised hoodie Credit: PA

The royal couple had hoped to watch the first of two races from a boat but this was cancelled along with a tour of a festival site as the ground was waterlogged.

William and Kate left their children - Prince George and Princess Charlotte - in the care of their personal staff to travel to the south coast for the event.

The Duchess, who is a keen sailor, joined Sir Ben in June last year when he formally launched Britain's bid to win the America's Cup for the first time.

Sir Ben on the water yesterday Credit: PA

Points collected during the World Series determine who will challenge the US for the America's Cup which will be staged in Bermuda in 2017.

Sir Ben is off to a flying start after his crew clinched a win and a second place during the two races staged yesterday in front of thousands of spectators.

Sir Ben Ainslie wins first round of America's Cup World Series

The Land Rover BAR team skippered by Sir Ben Ainslie in action during the first race on day three of the Americas Cup in Portsmouth Credit: PA

Cornwall based sailing star - Sir Ben Ainslie - has triumphed in the first round of the America's Cup World Series - after racing was called off because of bad weather.

It's the first time the sailing competition has taken place in the UK since 1851 - and yesterday he came from behind to win the race in front of a packed Portsmouth harbour.

Torrential downpours meant today's event had to be cancelled.

Yesterday the Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales paid a visit on the second day of the opening leg.

The Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales paid a visit on the second day of the opening leg Credit: PA
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