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.

City Sloane

The Chelsea set: The Sloane Ranger rides again

Does this season’s mass of bows, pearls and ruffles mean the Chelsea set is back in style? Rebecca Gonsalves reports

The News Matrix: Monday 18 November 2013

Bomb attack kills 31 people in Damascus

Comedy Review: Frank Skinner, Man In A Suit

Soho Theatre, London

Sri Lankan mothers from the 'Dead and Missing Person's Parents' organisation hold photographs as they takes part in a protest in Jaffna

David Cameron accuses Ed Miliband of 'rank hypocrisy' over Sri Lanka boycott call

PM said Labour had been in power when country was approved as Commonwealth summit host - months after bloody government crackdown there

David Cameron taking part in a ceremony at the Hindu temple Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in London, earlier this month

David Cameron: Britain's working classes need to be encouraged to raise their ambitions

Britain's working classes need to be encouraged to raise their aspirations and be made to think they can “get all the way to the top”, David Cameron has said.

Farmers’ friend Prince Charles on a visit to Cumbria

Prince Charles: Supermarkets give squeezed farmers a raw deal

They take all the profit and accept none of the risk, says heir to the throne in editorial for Country Life magazine

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, pictured in 1993; John Thaw as Inspector Morse

Meet the new Morse: ITV unveils crime-fighting clergyman inspired by Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie

Poirot has solved his last case and Morse is no more. Now ITV hopes that a crime-fighting clergyman, inspired by the former Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie, will solve a detective-shaped hole in its prime-time schedules.

The HM Naval Base in Portsmouth dockyard

Ian Burrell on Portsmouth hometown: Scuttling of 800-year-old institution is shameful

Most locals knew someone who worked there. Ian Burrell recalls growing up close to the dockyard

Sorry, ma'am, but Royal Mail sell-off means no more crowning glory

It could be a bad heir day for Royal Mail. The postal giant has admitted it may lose the right to use symbols of the monarchy including the E II R royal cypher on post boxes and the crown on stamps after its £3bn privatisation, while Prince Charles' image may never appear on future stamps.

Paperback review: Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life, By Justine Picardie

Justine Picardie’s account of Coco Chanel’s eventful 87 years on this earth is written in a flowing, luxuriant style suitable to its subject. Here’s a selection of phrases from the first few pages: “perfumed and warm”, “a cocoon of luxury”, “jewel-coloured lipsticks”, “silk-lined tweed jackets”, “pearls and camellias”.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George

Prince George to be christened next month

The christening will be a private event with photographs released afterwards

Oompa Loompas caught on CCTV picking fight – 'ironically' because of what victims were wearing

Two men admit affray after brawling in street while dressed as the 'peaceable' characters from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Page 3 Profile: Harry Enfield, comedian

Are you sitting comfortably?

The cast of Crackanory: Sally Phillips, Sarah Solemani, Harry Enfield and Charlie Higson

Are you ready for Crackanory? Harry Enfield returns with twisted spin on Jackanory storytelling classic

Comedy channel Dave has commissioned a new 'satirical' late-night series based on the BBC format

Alessandro Brustenghi has a record deal with Universal Music

Franciscan Friar Alessandro wins Classic Brit Awards nomination for Voice of Assisi

The first religious brother to land a major record deal is up for an award for his album of sacred music

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Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

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America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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