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Prince William to marry Kate Middleton next year

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Queen 'absolutely delighted' at royal engagement

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Royals lead tributes to Britain's war dead

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Dein holds talks with Blatter

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A Government of straight, white, privately educated men

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Berkshire Shooting School bagged by ex-pat

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