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So near and yet so far, Britain’s Olympic sailing supremo Sir Ben Ainslie, four golds and a silver, had to give best to the first Italian winner of the Argo Group Gold Cup, winner of the penultimate Alpari World Match Racing Tour grand prix, Francesco Bruni.

Letter: Make her victorious

Sir: Fay Weldon's plea for Prince Charles's imminent accession strikes a chord in many people's hearts. We do not want this intelligent and humane prince to suffer the fate of Edward VII.

Words: Mortise, n. and v.

HAL PORTER'S excellent memoir The Watcher on the Cast-Iron Balcony (1963) opens with the memory of two corpses seen 28 years apart and the reflection that "on or about the day King Edward VII died, these two corpses [were] young, agile and lustful enough to mortise themselves together to make me".

A very expensive way to die

REVEALED: Top private hospital is to be sued over tycoon's death as committee of MPs prepares to release damning report

Racing: Kissogram follows Wonderful footsteps

LUCA CUMANI has entered both Kissogram and Manndar for the International Stakes at York on 17 August in an attempt to secure a second successive victory in the pounds 370,000 race.

Racing: Queue forming to take on Oath

OATH, IT seems, scares no one. Henry Cecil's three-year-old will attempt to become the 11th Derby winner since 1970 to follow up in the Irish Derby at the Curragh on Sunday but, despite his decisive victory at Epsom, they are simply queueing up to take him on.

Racing: Anthem to stand his ground

ROYAL ANTHEM will be the focus of attention in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot today as he goes on trial for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes over the same course and distance next month.

Words: teddy, adj.

KING EDWARD VII and Theodore Roosevelt have their place in history: one is the origin of the phrase teddy boy and the other, who combined bear- hunting with running America, was the inadvertent inspiration for those stuffed toys (as in picnic).

People & Business: Shooting off

JOHN MORGAN has retired after spending his entire 49-year career with Leopold & Sons, the private bank.

Historical Notes: A perfect and popular royal mistress

"WHERE'S ALICE?" the crowds would shout if Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, ap-peared in London's theatreland without the Hon Mrs George Keppel in his entourage. A leader of the fashionable set and one of the best-known society hostesses of the Edwardian era, Alice Keppel entertained most of the influential members of the political elite and the diplomatic and civil service of her day. She was one of the readily recognised royal mistresses of any age. Keppel unashamedly used her access to the monarch to further her own ends, and became a well-consulted link between sovereign and establishment.
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