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William Shakespeare turns 450

One of the UK's greatest cultural icons, William Shakespeare, will be commemorated up and down the country as part of the 450th anniversary of his birth. The prolific playwright was baptised three days after his birth, on 26 April 1564.

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Celebrations to begin for Shakespeare's 450th birthday

William Shakespeare, one of Britain's literary icons, turns 450 today.

The Bard was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon and the Warwickshire town will be laying on bigger celebrations than usual to commemorate the 450 years since his birth.

William Shakespeare was working between 1589 and 1613, three years before his death. Credit: PA

There will be a giant horse-drawn birthday cake, fireworks, a fancy-dress parade and a procession led by the pupils of his old school to lay flowers on his grave at Holy Trinity church.

The playwright, poet and actor wrote some of the best known plays in the English language, including Romeo and Juliet, Richard III and Hamlet.

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