News Granted, the Queen probably isn’t the easiest to buy for. What would one bestow upon the monarch that has it all?

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

Police worker in palace security breach claims

A civilian police worker is being investigated after an alleged security breach at Buckingham Palace, sources said today.

Ex-Royal worker tells of Palace porn trading

A former royal protection officer accused of a £3m betting and property scam has claimed colleagues played poker and traded porn while working at Buckingham Palace.

Fake Sheikh buys his way into Buckingham Palace

The Fake Sheikh strikes again. Safety for the Queen and Royal Family is being urgently reviewed after a Buckingham Palace security breach engineered by Britain's most notorious undercover reporter.

Palace investigating security breach

Buckingham Palace said today it was investigating a report that undercover journalists were able to enter the Queen's London residence and sit in her car after bribing a royal chauffeur.



BNP leader 'to attend palace garden party'

The leader of the far-right British National Party is to be a guest at a Buckingham Palace garden party hosted by the Queen, his colleague said today.

Andrew Motion: 'Poetry needs us to say that it matters'

Poet laureate may not be a real job, but it's just one of the tasks taken on by this charming and tireless defender of the art form

On the market for $150m: TV mogul's 'Buckingham Palace'

The house that is quite possibly the largest private citizen's residence in the world is up for sale. Called The Manor, it is the home of Candy, widow of Aaron Spelling, producer of such addictive television tat as Charlie's Angels and Dynasty, and so large that Mrs Spelling is not altogether sure how many rooms it has. Diligent research has established it has 123.

Shaun Walker: Trains run like clockwork but shoving babushkas drive you to point of insanity

As a seasoned traveller on both London's Tube and Moscow's metro, I find it difficult to say which one is worse.

Apology over Philip 'cancer' report

Buckingham Palace has settled its official complaint about a report that the Duke of Edinburgh had prostate cancer after the newspaper involved apologised.

Philip cancer report is untrue, says Palace

Buckingham Palace today dismissed a report that the Duke of Edinburgh has received a diagnosis of prostate cancer.

Kylie dresses down for her appointment at Buckingham Palace

Pop music's own pocket Venus, Kylie Minogue, was spinning around with delight when she received the insignia of her OBE at Buckingham Palace yesterday for services to the musicindustry.

Queen and royals cost 66p per person

The Queen and the Royal Family cost the taxpayer 66p per person last year - an increase of 4p, Buckingham Palace accounts revealed today.

Amazing Rare Things: Attenborough on the original naturalists

David Attenborough pays homage to the original naturalists in his latest show. They had some wild ideas, says Sophie Morris

Eurotunnel creditors back debt plan

Eurotunnel, the financially crippled operator of the undersea rail link to France, yesterday narrowly won the backing of its creditors for a major restructuring. However, rebel debt-holders vowed to fight the result in the courts.

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