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Queen's 90th birthday: Beacon is lit on top of Snowdon

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Media captionSchool children in Abergavenny took part in a crown parade to celebrate the Queen's birthday

A beacon has been lit at the top of Snowdon as part of festivities to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.

Events were held around Wales on Thursday to mark the monarch's milestone birthday, including a 21-gun salute and fireworks at Cardiff Castle.

The Queen was in Windsor to light the first of more than 900 beacons in the UK and around the world.

Army Cadets lit the Snowdon one while others were lit in Swansea, Wrexham, Llantrisant and Cardiff Bay.

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Image caption The Queen celebrated her birthday in Windsor
Image caption A beacon was lit at Cardiff Bay
Image caption A beacon burns bright at Beaumaris Castle on Anglesey
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Media captionTwo ladies from Cardiff set off at 3am for the chance to see the Queen - Daniela Relph reports

The 21-gun salute was sounded at 12:00 BST and there was a drinks reception for other people celebrating milestone birthdays and anniversaries.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for people to come together and commemorate their special milestones with that of Her Majesty," said Cardiff Lord Mayor, David Walker.

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Meanwhile, 40 giant fibreglass models of the Queen's head are being displayed at a farm in Flintshire.

David Pickering won lottery funding to create them for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

He has decided to display them again on his land near Higher Kinnerton as the nation pays tribute to Britain's longest-serving monarch.

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Media captionDavid Pickering explains his collection of 40 giant models of the Queen's head

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