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Kate Middleton gets Diana's ring resized

Kate Middleton has had Princess Diana's engagement ring resized to stop it from falling off.

A Day That Shook The World: Funeral of Diana

On 6 September 1997, the world mourned the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Monica Ali: 'I wear the same smelly pyjamas again and again; it's revolting'

Before I start work on a novel I get to know the characters in my head I live with them for a while, as I did with Nazneen and Chanu in Brick Lane; hearing their voices, listening to them talk to one another.

Wedding dress claim denied by McQueen label

A spokesman for the Alexander McQueen fashion label has denied claims that its creative director Sarah Burton is to design Kate Middleton's wedding dress.

Official engagement portraits released

Official portraits of Prince William and Kate Middleton were released yesterday, taken by the fashion photographer Mario Testino.

A Day That Shook The World: Charles and Diana separate

On 9 December 1992 the Prince and Princess of Wales announced their separation.

World's media smitten by royal 'fairytale'

Prince William and his fiancée, Kate Middleton, spent much of yesterday at St James's Palace discussing their nuptials with courtiers, as the royal press machine emphasised that no further announcements were imminent. But the absence of tangible marital detail did nothing to slow Britain's new royal wedding bandwagon.

Julie Burchill: For Kate's sake, let's hope her prince is nothing like his dad

Whatever "in love" means. Was I the only loyal subject who wanted Prince William to answer with this, if the interviewer, Tom Bradby, had been brave/bolshy enough to ask him if he was in love with Kate Middleton, on the occasion of their engagement interview?

Royal wedding could mean extra day's holiday

The engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton raises the prospect of an additional bank holiday to mark their marriage next year.

Sir Elton John to be guest editor of 'The Independent'

Sir Elton John is to guest-edit a special World Aids Day edition of The Independent and its newly launched sister paper, i. All circulation revenues from the one-off editions on 1 December will be given to the musician's charity, the Elton John Aids Foundation.

Minor British Institutions: Stiff upper lip

The British stiff upper lip as a defining national characteristic was quietly abolished in 1997, with the national outpouring of grief after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Global interest as Elton John's mother sells memorabilia

A highly-prized collection of Sir Elton John memorabilia which is being sold by his mother is generating global interest from buyers, auctioneers said today.

Diana favourite Catherine Walker dies

The fashion designer Catherine Walker, known for dressing some of the world's most glamorous women, has died, aged 65.

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From first to last, he was a politician who divided opinion. Here, three writers offer their perspectives on a man of many parts
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