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.

Sir Quentin Blake receiving his investiture at Buckingham Palace

'Illustration is too rarely honoured' says newly knighted Sir Quentin Blake

Children’s illustrator Sir Quentin Blake has used his new status as a knight of the realm to decry the lack of recognition for the arts in the honours system.

The Emperor's New Clothes (17/02/13)

That Prince Charles – never done a real job and sticking his nose in all over.... Good thing too, says Matthew Bell
Prince Charles is his hand at TV, guest-editing an episode of the gently fascinating Countryfile next month

Prince Charles's Countryfile - We get a sneak preview

Organic food magnate, humanitarian, heir to the throne, would-be defender of faith, father-in-law to Bucklebury’s most famous export – is there anything Prince Charles can’t do?

Michael Christian, left, and Mel Greig. Their radio station is ‘reviewing its practices’

Australian DJ at the centre of the Duchess of Cambridge prank phone call scandal returns to work at radio station

Michael Christian’s return to work follows an announcement by British prosecutors that the DJs would not face charges in connection with Jacintha Saldanha's death

Prince of Wales caught in the middle of agricultural wages row

The Prince of Wales is facing questions about his commitment to fighting rural poverty after a manager at his Duchy of Cornwall business empire backed reforms to reduce agricultural wages.

Clare Balding to wed civil partner Alice Arnold

Clare Balding’s partner Alice Arnold has said the couple plan to marry after the gay marriage bill was passed last night.

Prince Harry at the controls of an Apache helicopter

Afghan President Hamid Karzai defends Prince Harry over Taliban killing comments

Afghan President Hamid Karzai diplomatically defended Prince Harry today over his comments that he killed Taliban fighters while serving in Afghanistan, saying: "Young men do make mistakes talking."

Australian presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian

No charges over Australian radio show royal hoax call to Duchess of Cambridge

CPS said today there was no evidence to support a charge of manslaughter

Game of thrones: Prince Charles and the Queen

The Royals: 'No, one won't be playing the abdication game'

Would the Queen ever follow Beatrix of the Netherlands' lead? John Walsh imagines the scene at breakfast

The News Matrix: Tuesday 29 January 2013

Sharon shows signs of brain activity

The 19th Century Garrison Church is surrounded by wasteland on the site of the former Chelsea Barracks which is being redeveloped into a glass-and-steel design by architect Richard Rogers in 2009

£3 billion Qatari Diar redevelopment of Chelsea Barracks put on hold as UK economy stalls

Prince Charles is unlikely to be best pleased. A £3 billion redevelopment in one of London’s swankiest postcodes which the heir to the throne lobbied ferociously to be built in his preferred architectural style has been placed on hold by its Qatari owners.

Sydney-based 2DayFM radio presenters Michael Christian (L) and Mel Greig speak during an interview with Seven Network's current affairs program Today Tonight

Duchess of Cambridge hoax call DJs Michael Christian and Mel Grieg have show axed by Australia's 2DayFm

Southern Cross Austereo has replaced Christian and Greig's time slot with a new show

Meet the iQuizmaster: A Q&A with Simon O'Hagan

The Independent's in-house quiz expert is Simon O'Hagan, a man who knows more trivia than you've had hot dinners. Here he demonstrates his formidable quiz credentials ahead of the final of the iQuiz on 12 February.

What Prince Charles said (and what he really meant) on This Morning

Chatshow Charlie: What Prince Charles said (and what he really meant) on This Morning

The sofa in the drawing room at Clarence House, Philip Schofield told viewers of This Morning yesterday, is the softest thing he's ever sat on. And the interview that he and Holly Willoughby conducted with the Prince about their programme's "You Can Be Heroes Week" was surely the softest that human eyes have ever beheld.

The News Matrix: Monday 7 January 2013

Up to 100 people missing after fires

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