Live updates

Queen recreates first Royal train journey in Berkshire

Her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, was the first ever British royal to take a train journey.

Today, 175 years later, the Queen along with the Duke of Edinburgh recreated that very same trip on the Great Western line travelling from Slough in Berkshire to Paddington.

It's fair to say, things have changed a bit since 1842.

As Mel Bloor reports.

Mel spoke to Isambard Thomas and Mark Hopwood from Great Western Railway.

Queen to recreate first royal train journey

The Queen will this week mark the 175th anniversary of the first train journey made by a British monarch.

On 13 June 1842, Queen Victoria made the trip from Slough to Paddington, writing in her journal afterwards that it was "delightful and so quick".

Queen Victoria was said to have been very amused by her 'delightful' trip from Slough to London

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are due to embark on the same journey on the day of the anniversary- this time as the first passengers on one of the region's new Hitachi high speed trains.

One of the first Hitachi trains arriving in Southampton Credit: ITV Meridian

Joining them will be two descendants of pioneering railway engineers Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Sir Daniel Gooch.

Mark Hopwood, managing director of Great Western Railway, said he was delighted the Queen was marking "this historic anniversary".

"This occasion marks a very special moment in the history of the Great Western Railway," he said.

The Queen is expected to name a train as part of the celebrations.


Reading's Chris Mears receives MBE from Queen

Chris Mears with diving partner Jack Laugher Credit: John Walton/PA

Reading's very own olympic diver, Chris Mears, has been at Buckingham Palace today to receive his MBE from the Queen.

The 24-year-old, and his diving partner Jack Laugher won gold at last summer's games in Rio in the synchronised three metre springboard event.

Mears was given just a 5% chance of survival in 2009 after suffering a ruptured spleen but overcame his illness to become an olympic champion.

Jack Laugher and Chris Mears at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 Credit: Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA

Statue of Queen Mother unveiled in Poundbury

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were welcomed to Poundbury this morning Credit: ITV Meridian

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were in Dorset today.

They travelled with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to Poundbury, which is just outside Dorchester.

Hundreds gathered for the Queen's visit to Poundbury Credit: ITV Meridian

The Prince of Wales has helped design the experimental new town, which features a mix of shops, cottages, town houses and businesses.

The Queen also unveiled a 9 foot statue of the Queen Mother in the village square.

Poundbury will have 5000 residents when it's finished by 2025.

A statue of the Queen Mother was unveiled in the Square Credit: ITV Meridian


The Queen celebrates 300 years of the Royal Artillery Regiment

The Queen has been the Captain-General of the Royal Artillery Regiment for sixty five years and today she joined them on Salisbury Plain - as they celebrated their three hundredth anniversary celebrations.

Dressed in pale pink, Her Majesty arrived by helicopter to be greeted by the thousands who had turned out for the special visit.

Known as the Gunners, the regiment provides the fire power for the British Army.

The Queen was greeted with a 21 gun salute during a day of celebrations. Rachel Hepworth reports.

The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations: A weekend preview - our special programme from Windsor in full

A weekend of public celebrations to mark the Queen's birthday at Windsor

This weekend marks a very special public celebration of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth's ninetieth birthday.

The events and shows at Windsor include more than 1,500 performers from across the globe, hundreds of horses and more than 25,000 spectators.

ITV Meridian's Sangeeta Bhabra and Simon Parkin presented the live programme from the grounds of Windsor Castle, speaking to many of the people taking part both in front of, and behind the scenes. Join us in a celebration of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.

The Queen and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, will attend the final night of celebrations on Sunday. There will be live coverage of the star-studded event in a programme hosted by Ant & Dec, on ITV from 8.35pm on the evening of Sunday 15th May..

The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations: Her Majesty & her horses

The Queen's love of horses is well documented and that passion is reflected in the celebrations over the next few nights.

As a young princess she enjoyed riding in Windsor Great Park - something she still does today.

The Queen owns and breeds thoroughbreds. Those close to her say horse racing is when she really relaxes. Penny Silvester has been talking to the Queen's Racing Advisor, John Warren, about why her affection for these animals runs so deep.

Load more updates