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QE2 runs aground on final trip home

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James Orr was Private Secretary to the Duke of Edinburgh from 1957 to 1970. The two had first met as pupils at Gordonstoun in Scotland in the 1930s where Orr, who had dropped out of Harrow, became head boy or, in the Platonic idiom adopted by the school's founder, Kurt Hahn, "Guardian". Orr always remembered the younger boy for his friendliness, sense of fun, complete lack of swankiness, particularly where his royal relations were concerned, and his "white, white hair".

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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.

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