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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


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.

South West Queen Birthday Honours List

South West Queen Birthday Honours Credit: PA: Steve Parsons

The Queen is giving the honour of Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) to the following:

Charles De Lisle Innis (71) from Beaworthy, Devon is being recognised for his voluntary service to the community in Torrington and Haterleigh, Devon.

Heather Ann Ogburn (56) from Plymouth, Devon, is founder of HMS Heroes and she is being recognised for services to education.

Elizabeth Margaret Ropschitz (62) from Teignmouth,Devon, who is a Mental Health Co-ordinator is being honoured for services to Older Prisoners in Devon.

The British Empire Medal (BEM) is being given to the following:

Percy George Davey (73) from Crediton,Devon, is being recognised for services to Young People in Crediton, Devon through the Scout Movement.

Desmond Norman Libby (58) from Fowey, Cornwall, is being recognised for services to the community in Polruan, Cornwall.

Donald John Roberts (84) from Torquay, Devon, is being recognised for services to young people through Swimming and to Bellringing in Torquay.


Plymouth's Royal visit

Queen visit to Devon Credit: PA: Steve Parsons

Her Majesty the Queen is due to make a special visit to HMS Ocean in Plymouth today.

The ships' company has spent the week rehearsing for the event and it's made even more special because the Queen is the sponsor of HMS Ocean and officially launched her in 1995.

Bugler Steven Booth, HM Royal Marines Band, is particularly looking forward to her visit.

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