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.

The News Matrix: Monday 16 December 2013

Mandela buried in ancestral village

Ahmed Kathrada delivers his tribute to Nelson Mandela during his state funeral

Nelson Mandela funeral: A final farewell as Madiba is buried at his ancestral home

African leaders and old friends of Nelson Mandela led solemn tributes as his body was buried after a week of commemorations

Mourners lining the roadside react as the cortège of former president Nelson Mandela passes through Mthatha on its way to his birthplace, Qunu, where he was to be buried today

Comrade Nelson Mandela is taken home to Qunu for the final time

Politics simmer as body of former president returns to birthplace

ANC says goodbye to Nelson Mandela ahead of state funeral

Madiba's party said farewell in the country's capital

The Queen was upset by police officers eating nuts left around Buckingham Palace, the trial into alleged phone hacking at the News of the World has heard

Hacking trial: Police officers 'irritated' Queen by eating nuts left out at Buckingham Palace, court told

The hacking trial at the Old Bailey has heard how the Queen was “narked” that police were, she believed, eating snacks left out for her by Buckingham Palace staff.

Nelson Mandela's funeral plans: 'Nicole Scherzinger to sing'

The former Pussycat Doll apparently met with the late South African president’s daughters at the Mandarin Hotel in London, where they are said to have discussed the potential appearance

Nelson Mandela was courageous to fight against oppression in apartheid South Africa and should not have been labelled 'a terrorist', the Archbishop of Canterbury said

Nelson Mandela was no terrorist, says Justin Welby

Nelson Mandela was courageous to fight against oppression in apartheid South Africa and should not have been labelled “a terrorist”, the Archbishop of Canterbury said at a service of thanksgiving for his life on Sunday.

Tributes at Mandela’s home in Houghton

The death of Nelson Mandela: In churches, mosques, synagogues and halls, they came to pray for Madiba

Millions of South Africans unite in a day of remembrance

President Mandela greets Queen Elizabeth II on her official arrival at Cape Town's Waterfront in 1995

Queen to miss Nelson Mandela funeral over security and long-haul flight concerns

Prince Charles will go in her place, and be joined by Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour's Ed Miliband in paying respects to 'hero across countries, continents and parties'

The News Matrix: Saturday 7 December 2013

Pickles unveils parking fine reforms

Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town:
'He transcended race and class in his actions. He taught us that to respect those with whom we are politically or culturally at odds is not weakness, but a mark of self-respect.'

World leaders and celebrities to fly to South Africa for Nelson Mandela memorials

Few will want to miss being seen mourning one of the twentieth century’s greatest figures

Barry Geraghty riding Sprinter Sacre celebrates victory in the Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase during Ladies Day at Cheltenham Racecourse

Sprinter Sacre forced out of Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown

Sandown's loss could be Ascot's gain after Nicky Henderson was forced to rule Sprinter Sacre out of the BetVictor Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday.

Rescuers lift the police helicopter wreckage from the roof of the The Clutha Pub in Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow helicopter crash: death toll rises to nine

The wreckage of the helicopter was removed from the site this morning as investigators said the pilot put out no mayday calls before the crash

Jessie J performs in her new music video for

Jessie J dismisses concerns about 'overtly sexualised' music videos

The singer has said that 'a responsibility from everyone' is needed for change

Devastation: The scene in Tacloban in central Philippines after it was hit by Haiyan

Prince Charles warns extreme weather such as Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines are increasing as 'direct result' of man-made climate change

Facts and the science are clear and inescapable, says Prince of Wales

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