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

Scotland Yard confirmed that a man was stopped at around 18:00 on Wednesday and was ordered to verify his identity. They have not, however, confirmed that the man was Prince Andrew.

Prince Andrew 'grateful for apology' after being challenged by armed police at Buckingham Palace

According to reports armed police pointed their guns at Andrew and shouted at him to 'put your hands up and get on the ground'

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Sri Lanka snubs UN as it bids for more trade links with the UK

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Prince Charles has 'veto' over major new developments, claims leading architect

Richard Rogers says developers now check with Prince before committing investment

Al Kazeem wins the Eclipse at Sandown last month

Patient approach takes Al Kazeem to new peaks

Five-year-old who came back from injury to become best in Europe now faces young guns

Government ministers were not told about the prince's employees working in Whitehall departments

MPs demand inquiry into revelations that Prince Charles sent staff to work in Whitehall

Ministers urged to explain why Clarence House employees were given government posts

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Duke of Edinburgh carries out first official engagement following operation

The Duke of Edinburgh has carried out his first official engagement in nearly two months, saying it was a “great pleasure to be back in circulation”.

Flower power: Prince Charles, supports alternative therapies

Private talks between Prince Charles and Cabinet ministers took place on dozens of occasions since last election

Future king's has had seven separate meetings with the PM since May 2010, and 36 in all with Coalition frontbenchers

John Townsend: Australia's odd couple stand and deliver at last

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Royal Baby: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge register birth of Prince George

As one in three UK children are born into poverty, one child will never know that reality thanks to his father's occupation as "Prince of the United Kingdom".

Royal baby: Uncle (Prince) Harry says he'll make sure Prince George 'has fun' - is that a threat or a promise?

Prince Harry has said that his role in the upbringing of his nephew, the royal baby Prince George, will be to “make sure he has fun”.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge holds the Prince of Cambridge

Welcome, baby George. And don't mind the millions of eyes watching your every move

The royal baby's name has been decided. It had to be something simple, English and firm, didn’t it?

Best behaviour, Winston Churchill?

Would Winston Churchill have failed the Tories' new Google test to seek out past indiscretions?

Well yes, but not just because he wouldn’t know what it was. Would-be MPs are being asked to check their online reputations. Luckily,  Winston never had to

A woman holds a Ladbrokes board listing possible baby names to bet on as media gather outside Buckingham Palace to read the easel displaying the announcement of the son of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

George, James, Alexander or Richard? Bets come flying in on the name of the royal baby

George remains the firm favourite as thousands head to place bets on the name chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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