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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.

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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

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Faulty bag caused blood poisoning

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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.

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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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