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Author believes desire not to upset royals is reason documents are still under wraps

The Queen had been due to attend the Commonwealth Day Observance at Westminster Abbey

Queen misses Commonwealth service as she continues recovery from stomach bug

The Queen has been force to cancel her appearance at a major service celebrating the Commonwealth as she is continuing to recover from her recent bout of gastroenteritis, Buckingham Palace said today.

Prince Philip, 90: Appointed to the Privy Council by King George VI on 4 November 1951, the Duke of Edinburgh has been a member longer than anyone else alive

‘The Philippines must be half-empty’: The Duke of Edinburgh's latest gaffe

Ah, Phil. When will you learn?

'Your country must be half-empty': Prince Philip cracks Filipino nurse joke on tour of hospital

Prince Philip, who is well-known for his off-the-cuff remarks, joked about the number of Filipinos working in the NHS

Game of thrones: Prince Charles and the Queen

The Royals: 'No, one won't be playing the abdication game'

Would the Queen ever follow Beatrix of the Netherlands' lead? John Walsh imagines the scene at breakfast

Channel 4's Big Quiz of the Year sparks complaints over lewd Queen joke

Channel 4 is facing a backlash after broadcasting a show featuring a lewd joke about the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Queen overcomes cold to attend Christmas Day church service at Sandringham

The Queen joined the rest of the royals for the Christmas Day church service at Sandringham today after recovering from a cold.

David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband, John Major and Tony Blair pay tribute to Britain’s war dead.

Politicians join the Queen in silent tribute to war dead

John Major and Tony Blair joined David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband to pay tribute to Britain's war dead.

Rower Alex Partridge and hockey star Hannah Macleod took to social networking site Twitter to appeal for information to find their Olympic bronze medals

Olympians make desperate pleas after London 2012 medals are stolen during party

Two of Britain's Olympic winners have reportedly had their medals stolen, only hours after the Queen hosted a glittering Buckingham Palace event to celebrate London 2012 athletes.

VIPs' stationer Smythson to open flagship store in Sloane Street

The stationer Smythson, which counts Samantha Cameron as a consultant, is ramping up its expansion by opening a giant flagship store in Sloane Street, London.

The Duke of Edinburgh, photographed at the Olympic boxing with the Earl of Wessex

Prince Philip 'responding well to treatment' in hospital

The Duke of Edinburgh is responding well to hospital treatment after a recurrence of the bladder infection he had in the summer, Buckingham Palace said today.

Zara Phillips makes her Olympic equestrian debut

Equestrianism: Solid start for Zara in dressage

Members of the Royal family were out in force to show their support to the Queen's granddaughter, Zara Phillips, who made her Olympic equestrian debut.

Jona Hogh-Christensen won both yesterday’s Finn class races

Ben Ainslie secures second-place finishes in opening Olympic sailing races

Three-time gold medallist Ben Ainslie struck a satisfied figure after securing second-place finishes in both of today's opening Olympic sailing races.

Prince Philip left hospital yesterday

Prince Philip back home for his birthday

Celebrations at the palace, but the BBC is still in the dock for its 'mind-numbing' jubilee coverage

Simon Kelner: Everyone knows England won't win, so we just might

At the end of this most English of celebrations, we now know what it feels to be French. The French calendar is stuffed full of bank holidays – among them, Ascension Day, Bastille Day and Assumption – and many of them, it seems to me, are rounded up into four-day breaks.

Sri Lanka protest greets royal lunch guests

The Queen passed human rights protesters on her way to a lunch with Commonwealth heads of state today.

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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

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