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

COLIN BROWN

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

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Feckless Terry reaches Belfast

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

Faulty bag caused blood poisoning

LIZ HUNT

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.

CHRIST GOES TO ETON : Backbites

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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