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Prince Philip opens barracks in his name in Wiltshire

The Duke of Edinburgh has been in Wiltshire today to officially open a barracks in his name.

"The Prince Philip Barracks" have a new headquarters at MOD Lyneham, the new home to the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

The naming of the newly refurbished barracks marks a significant milestone for the Corps, which recently bid farewell to sites in Arborfield and Bordon to move to new headquarters at MOD Lyneham where state-of-the-art technical training will be delivered.

The Duke has been Colonel-in-Chief of the Corps since 1969. See his official opening of the barracks below.

Major Rebecca Macklin was at the event with the Duke.

That was amazing, he came to meet some of the armourers, because I'm responsible for some of the armourer training - so he met three of my junior soldiers, two of my more senior guys and then two of the guys from Lance Corporals who're in the middle.

They chatted to him and he was really engaging - he was very interested in the training that we're carrying out here.

– Maj Rebecca Macklin, Alamein Company


Kate in Wiltshire: Duchess of Cambridge meets graduates

The Duchess of Cambridge meets graduates at Action on Addiction in Warminster. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Duchess of Cambridge is in Wiltshire today, visiting a Warminster charity which trains people to help those battling addiction.

Kate is a patron of Action on Addiction, and is visiting the charity's Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies. The charity offers degree courses accredited by the University of Bath.

The Duchess of Cambridge, patron of Action on Addiction, arrives for a visit to the charity's Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies in Warminster. Credit: PA

The Duchess listened to a speech from Anna Elston, a newly graduated student, who gave a moving account of her journey from alcohol addiction (where she lost custody of her three young children) to gaining recovery and employment.

Kate was presented with a posy of flowers by Anna's three young boys, accompanied by her proud mother, Pauline.

The Duchess of Cambridge receives a bouquet from Anna Elston (in cap and gown), her mother Pauline, with her children Jack, Eddie (obscured) and Dylan (front). Credit: PA

Pupils from Minster School in Warminster lined the streets. Among those there to welcome Kate was die-hard royalist pensioner Terry Hutt, who previously spent weeks outside a London hospital awaiting the birth of Princess Charlotte.

Watch Tim Walsh's report on the Royal visit here:

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton to visit Warminster

The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Warminster later today. Credit: PA Images

The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Warminster in Wiltshire to help at a charity battling addiction.

As a patron of Action on Addiction she will visit the charity's Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies in Warminster to see how the centre provides training, education and professional development for those working in addiction and other related fields.

Princess Royal due in Devon today

The Princess Royal will formally open the livestock market today. Credit: ITV West Country

The Princess Royal is due in Devon today to formally open Holsworthy Livestock Market.

The £6 million project has been operating for a year now, and today's event will celebrate its success. Princess Anne will also visit HMS Albion, which is in dry dock in Plymouth, and meet apprentices at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage.


Guess which rugby fan is at Sandy Park tonight?

Prince Harry has been meeting young rugby players, and has stayed on to watch the match at Sandy Park. Credit: ITV West Country

Prince Harry has been meeting students on a 'rugby empowerment into employment' programme at Sandy Park. He's also been visiting to watch the match - seeing Georgia beat Namibia by 1 point.

The prince has said he isn't switching his Rugby World Cup allegiance to Wales. When asked at Exeter if he'll now support Wales like his brother, he laughed - saying there are lots of teams to support.

Credit: ITV West Country
Credit: ITV West Country

Prince Harry in Devon for the rugby

Prince Harry at a Rugby World Cup match last week. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Prince Harry will be attending the Rugby World Cup match between Georgia and Namibia at Exeter's Sandy Park today.

He'll also be in Paignton, presenting an award to the town's rugby club. It's to recognise the contribution the club has made to promote rugby in the community. The Prince will meet coaches, players and volunteers.

Royal visit for 'phenomenal' children's hospice charity

The Countess' visit was on what would have been the 21st birthday of Jessica May, the charity's inspiration. Credit: ITV West Country
Credit: ITV West Country

A charity which provides end-of-life care for terminally ill children at homes across the South West has been visited by a member of the royal family today.

Her Royal Highness Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, met nurses and volunteers at Jessie May's headquarters in Bristol, as well as families it helps.

The occasion marked what would have been the 21st birthday of the charity's namesake Jessica May Purrington, who died at the age of just four and a half months after being born with a genetic spinal condition.

Jessie May's mother and the charity's founder, Philippa Brownjohn, said she had been 'overwhelmed'.

Jo Snow, whose daughter Stella is looked after by the charity, said meeting the Countess was a "really touching moment" for her family.

The Queen in the West Country: We want your pictures

The Queen visiting Plymouth in March 2015. Credit: Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

63 years, 217 days: The Queen reaches that milestone on September 9th, becoming the UK's longest reigning monarch - and we'll be commemorating her life on the throne.

Over the years there have been many memorable visits to the West - including this one to Plymouth earlier this year.

What are your West Country memories of the Queen over the last six decades? We'd love to feature your pictures and video.

Please send them to or post to our Facebook page.

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