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Girl's royal design takes to skies

A 11-year-old schoolgirl has spoken of her pride at having a 747 jumbo jet decorated with her Diamond Jubilee artwork.

Katherine Dewar's eye-catching design has been seen across the UK since it was unveiled last February, after she won a competition on BBC children's programme Blue Peter.

Now the logo has been placed on a British Airways plane - above the words "Congratulations - Celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Year".

It was due to take to the skies for the first time on flight BA183 from London Heathrow to New York on Saturday night.

The design, just under the captain's flight deck, features a crown poised above the Union flag with columns of diamonds down either side.

Katherine, from Chester, said: "Since winning the competition, it's been like a dream come true to see my design in so many different places around the UK but I never expected to see it on a huge jumbo plane.

"I love going on holiday to Florida and hope the next time I do I'll be lucky enough to fly on this plane so I can look out of the window at my design."

Previous emblems which marked the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977 and the Golden Jubilee, 25 years later, were created by professionals.

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