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On the balcony: 'just a small family affair'

"Go on, kiss!" you could almost hear the crowd cry. They had waited long enough for the balcony scene that is as intrinsic to a royal wedding as it is vital to the plot of Romeo and Juliet.

Bemusement at the scene of Cameron's address

"Why would you come here to do a speech on immigration?" asked 24-year-old Stacey Thornton, wheeling her son's pushchair through Romsey town square past a statue of Lord Palmerston – a man whose preferred method of dealing with trouble in the colonies was to park a gunboat off their shoreline by way of warning.

Prince William reveals pre-wedding nerves

As his wedding approaches, Prince William has confessed to being so nervous his knees were knocking in a wedding rehearsal.

Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado, English National Opera

Not many directors return to rehearse productions 25 years old but Jonathan Miller likes to keep a handle on his properties.

Brian Viner: The day I tried to butter up the Duke of Edinburgh

Let me speak up for the Royal Family. I can tell you that the Windsors, having reportedly applied for and been refused a government heating grant, are commendably frugal in how they warm Buckingham Palace. In March this year I interviewed the Duke of Edinburgh, in what is charmingly known as the Sunshine Room, just off the Principal Corridor, and it was heated by a two-bar electric fire, only one bar of which was switched on. I might have been visiting The Royle Family.

Something Sensational to Read in the Train, By Gyles Brandreth

From his screamer-packed entries at school ("We Tories – sorry, Conservatives!") to his departure as a Tory MP in 1997, this 50-year journal is one of the oddest diaries ever published.

Tory leader laughs off Prince Philip remark

The Duke of Edinburgh asked Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie if she wore tartan knickers at today's papal reception, she revealed tonight.

Al Fayed burned 'cursed' royal warrants

Former Harrods owner Mohamed al Fayed revealed today he had the store's royal warrants taken down and burned.

Duke of Edinburgh has hand surgery

The Duke of Edinburgh has had minor surgery to treat a common condition that causes pain, numbness and a burning sensation in the hand and fingers, Buckingham Palace said today.

Gayanenda Rai: 'I nearly died for this country'

I was serving in the Falklands War when I was wounded at Bluff Cove. We were hit by artillery fire. The left side of my back was torn out by shrapnel, I tried to crawl but could not move. I was convinced I was going to die. I cannot describe the pain. It was unbearable. But, I noticed that neither my men nor I were screaming or shouting. We had accepted, that as Gurkhas, we were going to die honourably on the battlefield.

Sarah Sands: Dangerous reactions in the sexual chemistry lab

The black comedy of Zoë Heller's Notes on a Scandal delighted critics. A naive school teacher, touched by the plight of a special needs pupil, tries to help him, becomes flattered by his devotion to her, and embarks on a catastrophic affair. Heller is relentless about the consequences but, through the narrator Barbara, also impatient of the sanctimonious and sentimental coverage in the press.

Minor British Institutions: The Marie biscuit

The Marie biscuit was named after the now- forgotten Grand Duchess Maria, or Marie, Alexandrovna of Russia, daughter of Czar Alexander II of Russia and wife of the second son of Queen Victoria, Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh. She was a sort of Diana of her day, so much of a sensation that the famous British bakery Peek Frean decided to create a new biscuit to celebrate her marriage into the British royal family in 1874.

Duke of York 'in palace crash with police officer'

The Metropolitan Police are investigating an alleged car accident involving the Duke of York following claims the royal struck a police officer while driving into Buckingham Palace.

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