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

Christina Patterson: Why we can't resist a little dice with death

They need a ‘gap year’ because they’ve barely been allowed past their front door

Like father, like son: Prince Edward's Australian gaffe

It's another royal blunder Down Under. Seven years after his father marked a visit to Australia by asking an aborigine if he was still "throwing spears", Prince Edward has sparked fresh controversy by saying that the death of a teenager during a Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition could encourage other children to take part in the scheme.

Duke of Edinburgh voices concerns over village life

The Duke of Edinburgh has delivered a damning assessment of country life, claiming villages are now simply populated by commuters and traditional shops have lost out to large retail centres.

Outbreak 1939, Imperial War Museum, London

Seventy years on from the outbreak of the Second World War, the Imperial War Museum remembers a country with little sense of the suffering to come

Manchester airport terminal relaunched after £50m facelift

An airport terminal which underwent a £50 million revamp based on recommendations from psychologists was officially relaunched today.

Honours: Royal Victorian Order

Hit & Run: Love you, Bunnikins

To find that Carla Bruni calls President Sarkozy by the nickname chouchou ("little cauliflower") is endearing, if only because it's hard to imagine Sarah Brown doing the same – no matter how much of a legume we may think her husband. Nicknames perform a humanising function: they give grim, unsmiling public figures a cute counter-identity, just as stern teachers in junior school are given nicknames to subvert their awful authority.

The martyrs of Amritsar

After 90 years and a long campaign, the victims of a British atrocity in a holy city are being recognised as martyrs and freedom fighters by the Indian government

Robin Scott-Elliot: Memo to PM... More dodgy sporting dossiers, please

The Last Work: Let's invade Argentina... Denis was furious with that Maradona chap

Brave new world: Traditional classrooms, lessons - and even homework - have been expelled

Tony Blair's vision of academies as innovative and free from state control became a reality last week.

QE2 runs aground on final trip home

The QE2 ran aground today heading into its home port for the final time.

James Orr: Private secretary to Prince Philip

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".

When the children leave home

The prelude to your child leaving for university can be so stressful it may even seem like a relief when they finally go. But then the truth hits you. They aren’t coming home. Shirley Mann shares her experience

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.

Ben Summerskill: Pink, proud – and now recognised with posh gongs

Being made a Companion of Honour, as Sir Ian McKellen was earlier this year, is a bit like having a bidet installed. Most people can't quite explain what it's all about. But they know it's dead posh.

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