Beacons 'unite Britain' in appreciation of The Queen

In celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday on Thursday, beacons were lit across the West Prince Charles said the beacons were uniting Britain in appreciation of the Queen's lifetime of service.

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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.

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