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The prototype allowed users to compare their size with that of famous faces  such as Cheryl Cole, Kate Middleton and Adele

My Secret Life: Pierre Dukan, 70, diet guru

'I injected my friends and family'

Leading article: A last hurrah for a vanishing age

The like, it was said of the Thames Pageant, had not been seen for 350 years and would not be seen again. Something similar might well be said of almost every ceremonial event during the holiday weekend, even of the Palace pop concert, which brought together so many old faces as well as (comparatively) new. Indeed, it could be said of the Diamond Jubilee itself. But it was most true of yesterday's thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral, the occasion where – it was widely noted – the Queen looked most comfortable and at home.

29 April 2011: Rear of the Year

They walk! they talk! they smile a lot! A year in Will&Kate

There were speeches, handshakes, and ever so many parties – but somehow the royal couple have survived a year. Harriet Walker marks the occasion

Royal designer could boost Debenhams

Debenhams is counting on a Royal boost from the Duchess of Cambridge this summer, after the department store chain increased half-year profits and sales by a sliver.

Pippa Middleton generated headlines over a rumoured relationship with George Percy, the heir to Alnwick Castle

Terence Blacker: Can't the Editors of Time magazine see Pippa Middleton is a national embarrassment?

Astonishingly, they think these sisters ooze class. Have they lost their marbles? A Page 3 girl would make a better role model

Marrying up: Madonna and Guy Ritchie
The multimillionaire singer has working-class roots, unlike her film director ex-husband Ritchie, whose ancestors include baronets

Marrying up is on its way down

The Duchess of Cambridge aside, most women are choosing to marry within their own social class

Steve Whittamore investigated Kate Middleton and Chelsea Clinton for newspapers while they were at St Andrews and Oxford universities

Investigator was paid £1m to snoop for Fleet Street

Extent of Whittamore's inquiries into private lives on behalf of national newspapers revealed

Terence Blacker: Let's all just give up telling the truth

Here's an alternative view of Lent: Jesus was getting His head together. In that spirit, we should treat this time of the year as a moment to step outside our daily routines, and take a clear-eyed look at the way we behave the rest of the time. It is a moment to be uncompromisingly honest, and act accordingly until Easter.

Harriet Walker: Andrew Marr's fawning at the Queen's cottage sums up our new Dark Ages

Leaving aside the quite stomach-turning nature of both Squidgygate and Fergie-gets-her-toes-sucked-on-a-sunbed-gate, it seemed until recently that we had entered an Age of Enlightenment with regard to the Royal Family.

Trending: Getting to the bottom of the spa industry

Stop reading now if your beauty regime extends only to the bits people can see. For those truly devoted to inner radiance, a spa in Essex (where else?) has launched a new facial that promises to reinvigorate and rejuvenate your nether face – your bottom, that is. Exfoliating salt-scrub and detoxifying algae are applied to your seat, before a soothing masque (not one with eye holes) is placed on the problem area to boost circulation and firmness.

Howard Jacobson: A passion for trainers that amounts to a threat

For the Chinese, 2011 was the Year of Rabbit.

Designer Brand: Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham joins world of fashion elite

Former Spice Girl wins at British Fashion Awards, while McQueen's successor takes top prize

Chris Addison: The Time Is Now Again, Dorking Halls

“Advertising slogans stick with me” says Chris Addison. The comedian isn't, however, talking about why he took on a series of much-maligned adverts for a certain insurance company, but is paraphrasing David Cameron's defence of the catchphrase “calm down, dear”, aimed at Labour's Angela Eagle, during PMQs this April.

Alice Jones: Beware the treachery of the cynically altered image

There's something deeply odd about Grazia's admission that it airbrushed Kate Middleton's waspy wedding waist for a cover story in May.

Last Night's TV: Town with Nicholas Crane/BBC2<br />The Rattigan Enigma by Benedict Cumberbatch/BBC4

There are almost no chains in Ludlow, said Nicholas Crane. There's no McDonald's and no Burger King, no Topshop or Next. I wonder what else it doesn't have. Is there a Starbucks? A Caffè Nero? A Boots? Everywhere has a Boots, surely. I bet it has Hobbs – or if not Hobbs, then at least Whistles or Jigsaw or something similarly ladylike. L K Bennett, maybe. Kate Middleton shops there.

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