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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.

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Gosden filly can spring surprise against Derby winner Camelot and his Curragh conqueror

Exhibition Curator Lauren Porter holds a sketch book owned by Queen Victoria containing various sketches drawn in Scotland, which is part of the Royal Paintbox: Royal Artists Past and Present exhibition which runs from Saturday, 22 June 2013 to Sunday, 26 January 2014, at Windsor Castle, Berkshire.

Queen Victoria's sketches and watercolours go on display at Windsor Castle

Intimate sketches by Queen Victoria of her children will be one of the highlights of a new exhibition featuring artwork by the royal family through the centuries.

The News Matrix: Monday 17 June 2013

Celebrations over moderate leader

Sir Henry Cecil's Royal Ascot entries will run as planned

Royal Ascot 2013: Spirit of Sir Henry Cecil alive in global carnival

Royal meeting opens with international fanfare after scandals and bereavement

The Duke of Edinburgh leaves the London Clinic in central London, 11 days after he was admitted for exploratory abdominal surgery

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The Duke of Edinburgh left hospital today, less than a fortnight after he was admitted for exploratory abdominal surgery.

Queen visits Duke of Edinburgh in hospital after Prince misses Trooping the Colour ceremony

The Queen visited Prince Philip at the London Clinic today, after attending the Trooping the Colour ceremony without him.

The Duchy of Cornwall: A medieval institution resistant to transparency

Prince Charles – or, more to the point, his sons and consorts – are objects of global fascination and, whether he likes it or not, that includes their finances

A row over the naming of Princes Street, the main thoroughfare in Edinburgh’s city centre, has flushed out two shadowy organisations dedicated to the airborne comma

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Ascot bound: William Buick drives Nocturn to a narrow victory over Enrol

Blow to Godolphin as star Farhh misses Royal Ascot

When your luck's out, it's out. A week after the disastrous Derby run of Godolphin's star three-year-old Dawn Approach, the blues' older flagbearer Farhh was ruled out of next week's Royal Ascot meeting.

Laura Trott 'honoured' to receive OBE

A nervous but excited Laura Trott collected her OBE at Buckingham Palace today and said “I do not really feel I should be here. All I do is ride a bike.”

From left to right: Australian radio presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian, and nurse Jacintha Saldanha who put through their prank call

Radio 'top jock' award for nurse death Australian prank DJ is 'disgraceful' says Keith Vaz

Michael Greig says regardless of the tragic events following the hoax, he is 'still at the top of his game'

Andy McSmith's Diary: It wasn’t ‘just like that’ in Tommy Cooper’s day

As MPs gathered after the half-term break, you could hear the question whizzing around the building: “Do you know who they are?” The reference was to a mystery story festooned across the front of the Mail on Sunday about an extramarital affair between two unnamed famous people.

The News Matrix: Tuesday 4 June 2013

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Charities fear funding crisis after accession of Charles to throne

Convention would prevent Prince from raising money for his charitable interests

Britons show Victorian attitudes to epilepsy as children who suffer from the condition are accused of being 'possessed'

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