A TORFAEN youngster is feeling "delighted" after having his design picked for The Royal Mint’s Queen’s 90th Birthday medal.

Seven-year-old Thomas Howard, from Cwmbran, came out on top of more than 2,000 entries from schoolchildren across south Wales to win the honour.

After coming first in the competition, the Llanyrafon Primary School pupil and his family spent a day at the Royal Mint to watch the medal being made.

Whilst there, he presented the second strike of the special bronze medal to Deputy Master of the Royal Mint, Adam Lawrence, after the first had already been sent to the Queen.

The medal’s design features a Union Jack birthday cake with candles reading "Happy Birthday" on one side and a crown on top of the number 90 on the other.

As part of the prize for Thomas' success, Llanyrafon Primary School is to receive its own edition of the medal and his class have been invited to a workshop at the The Royal Mint Experience in Llantrisant.

The Royal Mint Museum’s education manager, Lucy-Ann Pickering said: “We would like to thank the primary school children of South Wales for their overwhelming response to this competition.

“Over 2,000 entries is a reflection of a very high standard of imagination and creativity. It was great seeing the delight on Thomas’ face.”

The top five runners up received a Queen’s 90th Birthday silver proof Coin with a further 30 picking up certificates.