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.

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Contestants who did caused a scandal in the 1950s and cheating has just been uncovered at Harvard

Q. what should you never do at a quiz? A: Cheat - like Harvard student Andy Watkins did

Contestants who did caused a scandal in the 1950s and cheating has just been uncovered at Harvard. But perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to judge

Alexander Fury: A bit threadbare? You must be British royalty

In the eighteenth century, the great British export was style. French aristocrats saw Britain as a land of freedom and adopted our stout, hardy wool and tweed country squire attire as a badge of allegiance to the Rousseau-ean rusticity and democracy embodied here.

Justin Welby in procession with African dancers

A game of thrones to the drumbeats of thrilling change: Most Rev Justin Welby enthroned as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury

Donald Macintyre enjoys a radical blend of tradition and innovation

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Charles has lessons in Arabic

Charles and Camilla visit an art project in the Katara Cultural Village on the fourth day of their Middle East tour

Arabic? It's all Greek to me, says Prince Charles on latest leg of his Middle East tour

The Prince of Wales has been having lessons in Arabic. But on a visit to Doha, in Qatar, he told guests that the language, which he has been learning for six months, “goes in one ear and out the other”.

Above: photograph appears to show preparations for the execution of seven men in Saudi Arabia; Below: Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, visit the Roman ruins in Jaresh, Jordan

As the smoke clears after Saudi Arabia's latest mass execution by firing squad... Charles and Camilla fly in

The Prince isn't expected to raise the issue of human rights with his hosts. Perhaps he should, wonders Jerome Taylor

The Prince of Wales with Countryfile presenters Matt Baker (left) and Adam Henson
With a shoestring budget, tenuous plot and excessive use of a blue screen, The Room was panned by critics and could have disappeared without a trace

Terrible acting, flimsy sets, wanton misogyny...Tommy Wiseau's The Room becomes a cult hit

This woeful vanity project was panned by the critics but a decade after its release The Room has become a surprise hit

Google Doodle celebrates St David's Day

Today's Google Doodle marks the feast day of the patron saint of Wales

The latest move follows claims that thousands of Romanians and Bulgarians could be drawn to Britain when restrictions on their movement within the EU are lifted in January

Romanian PM: 'We will not rush to Britain'

Britain can “rest assured” that Romanians will not rush to Britain when access restrictions are lifted at the end of the year, the country's prime minister has said.

More than 600 teams took part in last year’s Great British Pub Quiz

Q: What is one of Britain’s fast-growing pastimes? A: The pub quizzes that are seeing big screens switched for answer sheets

Quizzes are replacing football as the best way for pub landlords to draw in punters

According to German tabloid Bild, eccentric characters like Prince Philip have a lot to offer the continent

Whether it's Prince Harry and a ski slope, Prince Philip and a nurse, or Kate Middleton and Hilary Mantel, our monarchy doesn't bear much scrutiny

How a silly remark to a Filipino capped a busy week for the Royals' PR department

Even after his latest gaffe, silly Philip is the least of our problems

Modern monarchy, like any oxymoron, doesn’t bear too much looking into

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Arise, Sir Quentin.

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