10:42AM, Friday 18 March 2016
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The Queen will mark her 90th birthday in Windsor by officially launching a walkway created in the town by the Outdoor Trust.
The 6.3km Queen's Walkway was created by the charity to mark Her Majesty becoming Britain's longest-reigning monarch in September last year.
It links 63 points of interest around the town, including Windsor Castle and the Long Walk.
On April 21, the Queen's actual birthday, she will
Speaking to the Express earlier this month, Outdoor Trust director Jim Walker said: “We wanted to do a walkway here because Windsor is the Queen’s preferred home, it’s the place where she comes at weekends, and also it has been the place where most monarchs have made their home, going back as far as William the Conqueror.
"So it’s a very special place and I know the people of Windsor really appreciate that relationship. And so we decided to work out a route that could be 6.3km long, joining 63 points of interest, which wasn’t difficult as there are so many great places here, and the whole idea was to celebrate her 63 years of having been on the throne.”
Later the same day the Queen will light a beacon at the top of the Long Walk outside the castle.
The following day US President Barack Obama is due to visit the Queen for a private lunch at the castle.
Four days of celebrations are set to take place in the town in May, with live ITV coverage due to be hosted by Ant and Dec.
The Queen's officially birthday is marked in June.
See this Thursday's Express for more information and a feature on the walkway route.
Click here to read a feature on the Queen's Walkway project.
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