Arts and Entertainment Showbiz royalty: Helen Mirren is ready to bring her Elizabeth II from cinema to stage

Actress Dame Helen Mirren has still not forgotten Michael Parkinson's line of questioning when he interviewed her on his chat show almost 40 years ago.

The royal cost of keeping up appearances

Dressing the House of Windsor: Princes and princesses must travel the world, but someone has to pick up the clothes bill

Troubled future for Beatrice and Eugenie

The future of the young princesses, Beatrice and Eugenie, will have been a legal minefield for lawyers negotiating the Yorks' divorce.

pounds 260m private hospital deal slated


Sometimes, only the best will do

Tropical flowers in the bedroom, lunch brought to the beach. That's Mustique.

'Fit as a fiddle' Snowdon dismisses polio reports

Lord Snowdon, a teenage victim of polio, yesterday declared himself as "fit as a fiddle and working flat out" as he dismissed reports that he feared a return of the disease which left him with a withered left leg one inch shorter than the other.

Witty intercourse with the great Gore Vidal

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold

The Gore to end Gore

Robert Winder checks out the Vidal statistics of one of America's grandest literary men; Palimpsest: A Memoir by Gore Vidal Andre Deutsch, pounds 20



Feckless Terry reaches Belfast

TV Review: Wogan's Island; The Trouble With Peace

Faulty bag caused blood poisoning


Tears from a serial flapper

'Fuddy-duddy' or the 'apotheosis of aplomb'? Gerald Kaufman assesses the premiership of Harold Macmillan

Obituary: Gp Capt Peter Townsend

Peter Woolridge Townsend, air force officer, courtier, diplomat, writer: born Rangoon 22 November 1914; DFC and bar 1940; DSO 1941; Equerry to King George VI 1944-52, Deputy Master, HM Household 1950-52, Equerry and Comptroller to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother 1952-53; CVO 1947; Air Attache, Brussels 1952-53; married first Rosemary Pawle (two sons; marriage dissolved), 1959 Marie-Luce Jamagne (one son, two daughters); died Saint-Leger-en-Yvelines, France 19 June 1995.


Vicki Ward on a very modern Crucifixion

Home truths are best Sellers

Home movies made by the late Peter Sellers, including one of him doing a spoof conjuring trick with Princess Margaret, were shown for the first time yesterday, revealing an obsessive side to the comedian, writes David Lister.

Life of privilege in return for lost love : LETTERS

From Mrs Janis E. Summers Sir: Michael Slot's sympathy for Princess Margaret is misplaced (letter, 9 December). She was free to marry Peter Townsend and "live her life as a happy and fulfilled woman" but it required her to renounce her royal privilege. An individual can always walk away from privilege but can never walk into it.
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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

‘We won’t stop until Syria is back to normal’

Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation may undermine Hillary's chances

The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation...

... and how it may undermine Hillary's chances in 2016
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Extra-virgin, cold-press, early-harvest, ultra-premium: 12 best olive oils

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Rafa Benitez Real Madrid unveiling: New manager full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

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9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

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Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

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Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

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On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

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