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Visitors to the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson can enjoy special tours of the Victorian tunnels

Visitors to the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson can enjoy special tours of the Victorian tunnels

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Sunday marks the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation and there will be celebrations at the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson.

Activities and entertainment at Britain’s oldest public museum on Portsdown Hill will include a street party in Café 1871 today, tomorrow and Sunday. Here, children are encouraged to dress in red, white and blue to receive a free treat.

There will also be traditional family entertainment in Punch and Judy shows each day, plus crown-making and a royal trail teaching visitors all about kings and queens from long ago.

Tomorrow, families can enjoy special tours of the fort’s Victorian tunnels from the uniformed Portsdown Artillery volunteers. They can also see the ammunition store.

On Sunday, the Victorian fort, home to the national collection of artillery, will ring to the sound of a spectacular 21-gun salute at 1pm .

There’s also a Scouts’ campfire, singalong and activities, plus face painting.

Fort operations manager Nigel Hosier says: ‘We marked the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee last year with a 21-gun salute, and it was extremely popular with our visitors, so we are delighted to be able to do the same for the 60th anniversary of the Coronation.

‘Portsmouth and the surrounding area has a proud tradition for serving Queen and country, and it’s only fitting that we are marking the occasion in time-honoured style.’

Museum admission is free but a small charge applies to some activities.

See royalarmouries.org.

Also on Sunday, families can celebrate with a special guided walk from Victory Gate in Portsmouth from 2.30pm.

From The Hard to the Guildhall, this walk will include stories about the Queen’s many visits to Portsmouth and the events that they commemorated in the life of the city.

Tickets cost £3 (accompanied children free) and must be bought from The D-Day Museum either on the day or in advance.

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