Voices Prince William recently established United for Wildlife, an alliance of seven leading conservation bodies, to try to end poaching

The Duke of Cambridge yesterday called on the world to halt Africa's "poaching epidemic" after he joined Labour leader Ed Miliband in becoming the latest public figures to back The Independent on Sunday's Christmas appeal.

'This is our time' says Beckham as England scent unlikely victory

David Beckham will lead England's final presentation to Fifa today in the country's bid to host the 2018 World Cup Finals – with the bold declaration that "this is our time" as the gloves came off in the last 24 hours of lobbying.

We can trust Fifa says David Beckham

David Beckham has faith that FIFA's executive committee will judge England's 2018 World Cup bid on its merits.

Bishop suspended over 'offensive' royal comments

A Church of England bishop who made "deeply offensive" comments about the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton was suspended from public ministry today.

Prince William and Kate Middleton set date

Prince William and Kate Middleton named the day today - Friday, April 29, next year at Westminster Abbey.

Paul Barker: A meritocracy? What an awfully 20th-century idea

An Old Etonian is to marry an Old Marlburian. Our writer asks if social mobility has seized up

Hint of extra holiday for royal wedding

David Cameron held out the prospect of an extra bank holiday next year to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

'Politically motivated' equality law to be scrapped

An equality law dubbed "socialism in one clause" will be scrapped, Home Secretary Theresa May said today.

Prince William to marry Kate Middleton next year

Prince William revealed tonight that he proposed using the engagement ring of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, to make sure she "didn't miss out on the excitement".

Queen 'absolutely delighted' at royal engagement

The Queen is "absolutely delighted" at the news of Prince William and Kate Middleton's engagement, Buckingham Palace said today.

Royals lead tributes to Britain's war dead

Britain's Armed Forces fighting in Afghanistan were joined by Prince William today for a Remembrance Sunday service as the Queen led the nation in honouring the fallen.

Dein holds talks with Blatter

England 2018's international president David Dein has met FIFA president Sepp Blatter in Zurich in an effort to revive the struggling bid to host the World Cup.

Prince William takes part in first rescue

Prince William has taken part in his first rescue flight for the search and rescue force.

A Government of straight, white, privately educated men

Sean O'Grady finds an absence of diversity in the 119 people now running the country

Berkshire Shooting School bagged by ex-pat

Royal Berkshire Shooting School, the country sports and clothing group, has been sold in a deal thought to be worth more than £10m.

Pilot role could see Prince William serve in Northern Ireland

Prince William could serve with the RAF in Northern Ireland on completing his pilot training, it emerged today.

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Has The Archers lost the plot?

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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Holocaust Memorial Day

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