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Granted, the royals probably aren't the easiest to buy for. But a book called Your Arms Remind Me of Pork Luncheon Meat? Really?

The Emperor's day of pomp and protest

UP until the moment that the royal carriage carrying the Queen and the Emperor of Japan turned into The Mall, the ceremony had all the trappings of an official visit of a foreign head of state.

Letter: Royalist riposte

Letter: Royalist riposte

Thatcher PR man tipped for Palace job

ONE of Lady Thatcher's public relations advisers and a close ally of Sir Tim Bell has emerged as the leading contender for the job of Buckingham Palace's new spin doctor.

Royal first as Queen goes to the pub

THE QUEEN resisted the temptation to enjoy a lunchtime tipple when she took a break from her busy schedule for her first-ever visit to a pub yesterday.

School to teach Jeeves a lesson

ONE IS not entirely sure what Jeeves would have made of it. An arched eyebrow perhaps, or a short bout of discrete throat-clearing. Or perhaps, as the Lady Apsley School for Butlers yesterday showed off its first graduates, Jeeves might have ventured, in a moment of uncharacteristic indiscretion, that butlers are born and not made.

Royal return

PRINCESS Margaret was due to arrive home today from Barbados where she has been having tests after suffering a stroke on Monday.

Royal train joins palaces as target for the reformers

Last week they were planning the takeover of the royal palaces. This week the reformers have a new target: the royal train.

Queen to move out of Palace

'Buck House' will be royal art gallery in significant gesture towards change

Leading Article: Nice words will not help

It would have been instructive to have been a fly on the wall in Buckingham Palace last Thursday morning. On the day of their golden wedding anniversary, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh found their loyalties divided. On the one hand there was the "People's Lunch" in their honour, hosted by the Government in Whitehall, to look forward to. On the other, there was a lunch for their children and grandchildren and assembled distant relations drawn from royal families across Europe, along the Thames at Greenwich. For Tony Blair and his spin-doctors, who appear increasingly to believe that nothing matters any more unless it has the prefix "people's" attached to it, there was no doubting which was the event to attend. But for Her Majesty and her consort there must have been a familiar sense of divided loyalty, between a private family celebration and a public occasion. Duty came first and they joined Mr and Mrs Blair, government ministers, other dignitaries and, of course, those selected ordinary people about whom so much was written the following day.

Forbidden Diana stamps in public domain

Leaflets containing pictures of a set of stamps commemorating Diana, Princess of Wales, were mistakenly sent out to collectors before plans to put them on sale last week were dropped because Buckingham Palace withheld formal approval.

Letter: Protocol puzzle

Sir: Like many people last week I found the symbolism of the flagpoles at Buckingham Palace and Balmoral bewildering. Even now that I am aware of the protocol that produced these images, the intended meaning seems to have been lost to the nation.

Diana 1961-1997: Protocol - A flag that flew in the face of the rules

The Union flag above the Palace bids farewell to the royal way of doing things, report Keith Nuthall and Steve Boggan

Diana - The Last Farewell: Old Lefties coming to terms with the tearful revolution

"And what are you doing here?" asked a woman I vaguely recognised. I blushed slightly. Here I was, an old lefty republican with a fundamental dislike of everything that the Royal Family represents standing with the mourning crowds outside Buckingham Palace. It was like being caught by one's partner leching at the topless beauties on a St Tropez beach.

Objects of devotion

All week long they have come in their thousands, from every corner of the kingdom. The Royal palaces of London have been transformed into places of pilgrimage.

Diana 1961-1997: The tragedy - Palace breaks news on Internet

The news of the Princess's death spread so rapidly over the Internet that by 8.30am yesterday, one Australian user said, "Everyone knows about Di's death by now."
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