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Aloofness and taxes saw the King lose his head

Paul Emsley's official representation of the Duchess of Cambridge, left, and Thomas Kluge's new painting of HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

Royal renderings: Duchess of Cambridge's portrait can't match Queen Margarethe of Denmark's

In stark contrast to British artist Paul Emsley's official representation of the dreary-eyed Duchess of Cambridge (above left) revealed in London's National Portrait Gallery this month, the Trapholt Museum in Denmark, displays an altogether different Royal story.

After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies, By Christopher M Davidson

Both medieval and modern, Gulf rulers thrive. But will the sands of time soon run out for them?

Paul Ryan , Romney’s running mate, has finally owned up to mis-speaking after lying on his running skills

What is the future of conservatism?

Jonah Goldberg, the author of a book called Liberal Fascism, has contributed to a survey by Commentary magazine asking the question: "What is the future of conservatism?" Is it an ideological, economics-heavy state-minimalism, of the kind espoused by former vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan (pictured)? Or is it a more socially conscious, institution-building conservatism, of the kind David Cameron's Big Society is meant to represent?

Indigenous people have inherent rights to territory

Idle No More began with four women – Nina Wilson, Sylvia McAdam, Jessica Gordon and myself  – who share a vision of uniting people to ensure the protection of mother earth, her lands, waters and people.

The Sun hits back at Argentina PM Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner with adverts saying Falklands want to be British

The Sun newspaper has published a full-page advert in an Argentinian paper warning the country's president to keep her “hands off” the Falkland Islands.

'The people of the Falklands are British' says Foreign Office as David Cameron rebuffs Argentina over 'colonialism' attack

Argentinian president launched a fierce attack on British "colonialism" and demanded the return of "Las Malvinas", in a letter published as an advert

God bless this royal foetus! As Kate Middleton announces she is pregnant, here's why we should all love the glorious House of Windsor

We shall line the streets for the happy couple - and a good thing too!

Jongwoo Park

South Korean footballer suspended for displaying political banner at London 2012 Olympics

Incident occurred after bronze medal match

IoS paperback review: A Short History of England, By Simon Jenkins

A good old traditional kings-and-queens canter through English history, from the withdrawal of the Romans in 410, to the election of the coalition in 2010.

Stay out of our waters! Spain warned after two 'serious' incidents off Gibraltar

Spain was warned by Europe minister David Lidington to halt “provocative incursions” into Gibraltarian waters after its ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Office to face British anger.

King of Bahrain

Man who insulted the King of Bahrain on Twitter sentenced to six months in jail

A man who insulted the King of Bahrain on Twitter has been sentenced to six months in jail as the tiny island nation ramps up its crackdown on dissent amid increasingly violent protests.

Bahrain bans all protests in new crackdown

Sunni monarchy breaks its pledge to reform and steps up repression of the island's Shia majority

Demonstrators take to the streets of Amman yesterday

Jordan: Demonstrators call for boycott of election

Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets yesterday to call for a boycott of forthcoming elections. The protest was seen as a direct challenge to King Abdullah II, who hopes that parliament-led reform will stave off an Arab Spring-style uprising.

More foot-dragging in the eurozone

The efforts of Mario Draghi et al could only ever buy a little bit of time for the eurozone's politicians. Between the European Central Bank's commitment to buy ailing governments' bonds and the European Commission's first steps towards a banking union, there was a sense in recent weeks that – at last – some genuine progress had been made. And it has. But as strikes and civil disturbances batter Greece, Italy and Spain, even raising the possibility that Catalonia might try to go it alone, all the signs are that the opportunity for decisive action is, once again, being frittered away.

Campion was framed by Elizabeth I’s government

Elizabethan state 'doctored evidence of priest's treason'

Queen Elizabeth I's government was so determined to convict the English Jesuit priest Edmund Campion of treason that it doctored one of the key documents used to prosecute and send him to his execution, according to new research.

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