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.

Prince altered wedding picture

THE EARL of Wessex had a royal photographer digitally manipulate his official wedding photographs to make Prince William look more cheerful, it emerged yesterday.

Eating & Drinking: Astonishingly cheap wine

AN ACQUAINTANCE in the wine trade, having praised a bottle of something-or-other I'd given him to taste, went on to say: "We could buy that wine, too; but we wouldn't be able to sell it." This person works for a smallish High Street chain of high quality. The wine came from an independent, the kind that can buy a few dozen cases of something interesting and sell it for around pounds 4 more than a comparable wine costs in the High Street. The indie can do that sort of thing; the chain cannot. Between those two worlds of retailing lies a universe of difference.

Pupil is found hanged in bedroom at Eton College

AN ETON schoolboy was found hanged in his room yesterday at the Berkshire college where Princes William and Harry are being educated. Two fellow pupils found the 15-year-old suspended from a cord in his bedroom in Baldwins Bec House shortly before breakfast time.

Prince's charm offensive rebounds

A CAREFULLY crafted PR offensive to endear the Prince to his future subjects, more than a year in the making, has ground to a halt - throwing up embarrassing headlines in the run-up to Charles' 50th birthday celebrations, and even giving rise to rumours of a rift with the Queen.

Forget poetry - Britain needs a novel approach

It is not the jazzy riffs of verse that should lead us into the 21st century, but the insights of prose

Letter: Marry out

PROFESSOR Eileen Barker of the London School of Economics says that a Royal Marriage to a Muslim or Hindu would delight the "ethnic group concerned" ("Monarch may marry out of C of E", 8 March). Not necessarily. Prince William would need to convert for an Islamic wife to be acceptable under our laws - the marriage could not be "multi-faith". No doubt he could find a beautiful, intelligent partner among 150,000 more anglicised polytheistic Hindus, but a wedding ceremony regarded by virtually everyone else in Britain as idolatrous would presumably best be avoided by the hereditary head of state.

The year ahead: A better bet for 1998

It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world if William Hill's current list of wacky bets is any indication of the state of the nation. Among the (un)likely events anticipated over the next 12 months: Melinda Messenger becoming a nun (66-1, below) and the Teletubbies recording England's official World Cup song (250-1). So if you have a hunch that Prince William will wed one of the Spice Girls, why not put your money where your mouth is. It's odds-on that the bookies will be only too happy to take your cash

Why are they famous? Peter Phillips

Main Claim: What passes for royal heartthrob. Just 20, young Peter is halfway decent looking, thus there are feeble attempts afoot to bestow hunk status upon his crude yet manly features. But then, the House of Windsor is not awash with pulchritude or intellect. There were high hopes for Prince Andrew for about 10 minutes in his Koo Stark phase, before he turned into the simian-featured Duke of Pork. Prince William is the only authentic royal love god, but while he grows up, the well-built son of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips is enjoying a look-in.

Letter: William's choice

Sir: Jeffery Green (letter, 8 September) says that Prince William is "the only publicly acceptable candidate" to be our next monarch. Is there any evidence at all that the young prince would want to do his father the injury of supplanting him in such a way?

Bridget Jones's Diary

Is end of era, no two ways about it. Maybe should change life. If Establishment can, so can I...

Letter: The monarchy after Diana

Sir: Perhaps the people are indeed tiring of an old Windsor-style monarchy, but whether the institution itself survives may well depend on the continuance of the "Diana effect". Prince William may grow up to become the "people's Prince", and why, the people may say, should "Diana's boy" be deprived of the chance of a crown?

Diana: How we saw it

The death of the Princess of Wales and its aftermath has spawned an outpouring of emotion, speculation and reflection that has left everyone in the media reeling. Virginia Ironside tracks how the story unfolded in the press; Thomas Sutcliffe reviews how we saw it - and ourselves - on television, while Ann Treneman observes crisis management PR in action

LETTER: Need for the monarchy to modernise

Sir: The Queen has pulled it off. At the end of an amazing week the country seems to have calmed down. But it has been a close thing - mature women, outside the palace, said things like "I wouldn't have come here for any of the others" (Letters, 4 September). They had the House of Windsor on the run.

Leading Article: Diana 1961-1997 - Who does not have a share of this?

Diana, Princess of Wales, has influenced British life in the days after her death more than she ever did in her pitiably short life. Since the hideous car crash in Paris early last Sunday morning, there has been a collective outpouring of grief which may be unique in the history of this country. The Royal Family has been forced into a rare act of self- examination, to find out what it means to the people of Britain, and to question whether the protocols designed to establish its authority actually reduce it. Downing Street has shown itself to be more attuned to the emotional needs of the nation.
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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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