Those who refuse an honour inevitably follow it up with a worthy fuss

Duchess to join troops at remembrance event

The Duchess of Cornwall will address 650 soldiers from 11 Light Brigade today after they recently returned from operations in Afghanistan.

Katy Guest: Fizz and gossip, but not a hint of bitching

Female talent at the Orange Prize

Secret court open to public gaze after <i>Independent</i> campaign

Dispute over guardianship of autistic piano virtuoso makes legal history

Party leaders attend service to mark VE Day anniversary

The leaders of the three main political parties today took time out from negotiations over the formation of a new Government to join the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to mark the 65th anniversary of VE Day.

Duchess of Cornwall breaks leg while hillwalking

The Duchess of Cornwall has broken her left leg while hillwalking in Scotland, Clarence House said today.

You have blood on your hands, Blair told

The former Prime Minister Tony Blair was told today he had "blood on his hands" by a bereaved father at a reception following a memorial service for those killed in Iraq.

Sarah Brown 'bemused' by website sketch

Sarah Brown has delivered a lukewarm response to an unflattering sketch of her published on Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's new website.

First Night: Last Night of the Poms, Albert Hall, London

Having shrunk dramatically from 13 tour dates to only five, one wonders if there was ever a likelihood that tonight could have been Barry Humphries' first and last night of the poms. Fortunately for British audiences they have not been completely denied opportunities to see Humphries, the celebrated 75-year-old Australian comedian. Unfortunately, the show he has reprised here will short-change fans of the real essence of his legendary comedy characters Sir Les Patterson and Dame Edna Everage.

Radiohead release Harry tribute

As a humble plumber's apprentice from Somerset, Harry Patch can hardly have imagined that tomorrow – a century later - royalty would be among the thousands to gather for his funeral. Nor could he have conceived that an acclaimed rock band would be among those to pay tribute to him.

Revealed &ndash; the joker who will be Cameron

Stand-up comic to play Tory leader in drama about the &lsquo;Bullingdon years&rsquo;

Farewell to "inspirational leader" - and a husband

At the front of the dignitaries gathered to watch Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe's coffin make its slow procession out of the Guards Chapel today, a petite figure in black stood tensely, her hands clenched by her sides.

Charles mourns with families at 7/7 memorial

&pound;1m tribute to 52 victims of London bomb attacks

Families unite for unveiling of bombing memorial

Relatives of the 52 victims of the 7 July bombings marked the fourth anniversary of the attacks today with the unveiling of a memorial commemorating their loved ones.

Lady Thatcher's audience with the Pope

Lady Thatcher met the Pope in St Peter's Square yesterday morning immediately after his weekly audience at the Vatican.

Unlikely allies at last: Prince and Pope

Charles warns of 'new Dark Age' if global warming cannot be tackled
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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

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