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: Wednesday 15 May 2013

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Deal worth £700,000 signed with regime guilty of using excessive forces against pro-democracy activists

According to the The Mail on Sunday, when the Prince arrived at Kensington Palace, one of his bodyguards followed him out carrying 'his favourite embroidered silk cushion', which was then passed to his chauffeur

Keeping the seat of power comfy: Prince Charles and his favourite cushion

It will come as a relief to readers that Prince Charles’s bottom, the very one due to sit – one day – on the nation’s throne, has its own special cushion. According to the The Mail on Sunday, when the Prince arrived at Kensington Palace by helicopter (natch) last week, one of his bodyguards followed him out carrying “his favourite embroidered silk cushion”, which was then passed to his chauffeur.

Britain's biggest fracking company has warned that any production of shale gas would involve “flaring off” leakages

Coming to sites across the UK soon – fracking flares

IGas chief warns that any production of shale gas would involve 'flaring off' leakages

Attorney General Dominic Grieve; Prince Charles

Attorney General 'wrong to overrule judges who ordered Government to publish letters Prince Charles wrote to ministers'

Dominic Grieve said his decision was based on view that letters were sent as part of Prince’s 'preparation for becoming king'

Prince Charles is expected to take a more high-profile role in state affairs

Prince Charles acts as stand-in as the Queen scales down duties

Prince of Wales to attend Commonwealth meeting in place of 87-year-old mother

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Sir Robert Walpole's 'magnificent' art collection to return home to Britain - temporarily

Works by masters including Rembrandt, Velasquez and Rubens to be displayed at Houghton Hall in Norfolk

Queen to miss Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka due to long-haul travel review - and will send Prince Charles instead

Prince of Wales will represent the UK as Palace dismisses suggestion that move is related to political situation in country

Camelot, ridden by Joseph O’Brien, wins at the Curragh

Camelot renews quest in triumphant style

The return to action of a Derby winner is always a matter of moment, particularly one with the charisma of Camelot, who seemed to be involved last year in more tales and trials than any knight of the table round. The colt, bearer of the Ballydoyle arms, so nearly achieved the holy grail of the Triple Crown, narrowly denied the final leg, the St Leger, by a Godolphin rival trained by the now disgraced Mahmood al-Zarooni.

Dukes of York don’t belong in our Royal Society

The election of Prince Andrew - with just 11 per cent of the eligible vote - does nothing to promote the reputation of science. Quite the opposite, in fact

Brother of Essex man Suneet Jeerh jailed in Dubai on drugs charges plans to appeal his conviction

Sheikh on diplomatic visit to UK as three men are found guilty of drugs charges in Dubai

Fly away: Tom Riley plays a young Leonardo embroiled in intrigue

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The genius of Leonardo da Vinci is disguised somewhat in this cheerfully anachronistic tale of his encounters with the Medicis

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Officially, there will be no political eulogy at Baroness Thatcher's funeral. But when the Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Richard Chartres, clambers up to the pulpit of St Paul's Cathedral to deliver the sermon on Wednesday, there will be some who will be holding their breath to see what he comes out with.

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