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First of all, a caveat: the clothes we see in 16th-century portraits aren't fashion. At least, not to our eyes. They're court costume – emphasis on the costume. It's difficult to reconcile the lavishly slashed, brocaded and jewel-bedecked gowns of lustrous Renaissance portraiture with our jeans-and-T-shirt culture, or even with the grander creations on the international catwalks.

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Steve Richards: A crazed zeal for inheritance and fame

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Old soldiers march to honour the war dead

Former servicemen marched past the Cenotaph during the Remembrance Sunday ceremony in Whitehall yesterday.

Deborah Ross: Who's ever good enough for one's son?

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Queen scraps Christmas party in austerity drive

Staff at Buckingham Palace will have to forgo their Christmas party this year after the Queen decided an "ostentatious" celebration is inappropriate in the economic climate.

Queen cancels palace Christmas party

The Queen has cancelled this year's Christmas party for her staff because of the "difficult financial circumstances" facing the country.

Queen officially names luxury liner

The Queen officially named Cunard's 92,000-tonne Queen Elizabeth liner today - 72 years after watching her mother launch the first Queen Elizabeth.

God save the Queen's English: Our language is under threat from ignorance, inverted snobbery and deliberate 'dumbing down'

Far from being outmoded, the correct use of our language is more important than ever, argues Bernard Lamb

Calls for a full review of Queen's accounts

The Queen's accounts must be opened up to a full review after secret papers revealed deals had been done behind closed doors to shore up the Royal Household's finances, campaigners said yesterday.

Labour fury at Queen's speech delay

Labour accused the Government of "an affront to Parliament and an abuse of power" today after ministers announced that there will be no Queen's Speech until 2012 - two years after the current session started on May 25.

British soldier dies from gunshot wounds

A British soldier died in hospital in the UK after being shot in Afghanistan last month, the Ministry of Defence said today.

The Business On... Rory Tapner, Banker to the Queen

She has her own banker?

CWC shareholders join the pay protesters

Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) was forced to face down investor unrest yesterday as more than a fifth voted to scrap senior management's pay packets.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: A bunch of mediocre wastrels

The practice is wrong, and the principle is wrong. It binds the British people and their institutions into dependency and voluntary subservience

Queen's cash crisis proves we <u>are</u> all in it together...

The Queen has been forced to sell one of her country estates, raising almost £1m in cash and heightening concerns over the scale of the financial crisis sweeping her investments and crumbling palaces.

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