News Britain's Queen Elizabeth delivers her speech during the State Opening of Parliament at the House of Lords, alongside Prince Charles

A bookmaker has stopped taking bets on the Queen announcing her abdication this year after a large wager was placed in Windsor.

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Chatterers would have us believe the New Year Honours are archaic mumbo jumbo, but even adults need praise
Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, circa 1970

Award-winning composer of film scores Sir Richard Rodney Bennett passes away

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, one of Britain’s most talented and versatile composers, has died at the age of 76. He is perhaps best known for his numerous film and television scores – for which he won a Bafta award and secured a series of Oscar nominations.

Prince Charles calls for health services to treat "mind, body and spirit"

The Prince Of Wales called today for a health service that recognises “the core human elements of mind, body and spirit” as well as treating disease.

Jacintha Saldanha's widower Ben Barboza (centre) and her children Lisha (left) and Junal mourn during her funeral at a cemetery in Shirva

Jacintha Saldanha laid to rest, but family's hunt for answers goes on

Hundreds attend funeral at village where nurse who took her own life grew up

Body of Kate nurse flown to India for funeral

The body of the nurse found dead after being duped by a prank call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge has been flown to India for her funeral.

Family describe 'unfillable void' left by nurse Jacintha Saldanha's death at Westminster Cathedral mass

The family of the nurse found dead after being duped by a prank call from two Australian radio DJs described the “unfillable void” left in their lives as a mass was held for her at Westminster Cathedral today.

The Prince's environmental values have been called into question

Prince Charles attacked over tax payments

Clarence House defended the Prince of Wales' financial arrangements today after he was reported to authorities over claims the Duchy of Cornwall is a "well entrenched tax avoidance scheme".

Nurse Jacintha Saldanha

Jacintha Saldanha: Suicide note criticising senior hospital staff found among possessions of nurse at centre of Duchess of Cambridge phone call hoax

Jacintha Saldanha was found hanged in her apartment in the nurses’ quarters at the King Edward VII hospital last Friday

Nurse Jacintha Saldanha

Nurse at centre of Duchess of Cambridge phone call hoax was found hanged in flat alongside 'suicide note'

Jacintha Saldanha is understood to have been dead for some time

Hoax call nurse left a note before suspected suicide

Family demand answers from hospital as MP calls for full inquiry into tragic death

Post-mortem due to take place on Duchess of Cambridge nurse Jacintha Saldanha

A post-mortem examination is due to be held today on the nurse who apparently took her own life after she was duped by a hoax call made to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge.

The Saldanha family with MP Keith Vaz

Australian radio presenters express sorrow over nurse's apparent suicide following prank tragedy

Hospital spokesman queries if station sought to make contact before broadcast

Video: Royal prank DJs speak out in first interview

The two radio presenters behind the royal hospital prank call have given their first interview since the death of one of the nurses involved in the incident.

Prank-call DJs are 'ready to speak out' over death of nurse

Intensive counselling for presenters who hoaxed nurse later found dead

Day FM radio presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian

Australian radio hosts who made prank call to royal hospital taken off air over nurse's death

The Australian radio presenters responsible for the hoax call to King Edward VII’s Hospital have been removed from the air until further notice.

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Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
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Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
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Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

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Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

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