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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.

Ministers and monarchy pass buck on 'non-doms'

Ministers were at loggerheads with Buckingham Palace last night over who had the responsibility to strip "non-dom" peers of their titles.

Celebrations on ice as monarch faces Diamond Jubilee in the red

The Queen is down to her last £1m and will go into the red in the year of her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, figures released by Buckingham Palace reveal.

Soldier dies from Afghan blast injuries

A British solider has died from injuries sustained in an explosion in Afghanistan earlier this month, the Ministry of Defence said.

Taxpayer funding for Queen's household to remain at £7.9m

Funding for the Queen's household by the taxpayer through the Civil List will remain frozen at £7.9 million for the coming year, Chancellor George Osborne announced today.

Trooping the Colour marks the Queen's official birthday

The Queen celebrated her official birthday yesterday with the Trooping the Colour parade. The Colour being paraded was the flag of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards who returned from Afghanistan six weeks ago.

Mary Stuart, Grand Theatre, Leeds<br/>Armida, Garsington, Oxford

Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I's costumes could have sprung from the sketchbooks of Balmain or Lacroix

Fourteen pupils hurt in school bus crash

Fourteen children were taken to hospital after their coach crashed on a roundabout near Folkestone during a school trip.

Schoolchildren hurt as bus hits roundabout

Twelve schoolchildren were taken to hospital today after their coach ended up on a roundabout as they headed on a seaside day-trip.

BBC DJ Danny Kelly suspended for Queen death joke

A BBC radio DJ who joked during a live broadcast that the Queen had died has been taken off air for a week, a spokesman said today.

Goodbye from him: Brown moves out of Number 10

With his wife Sarah by his side, Gordon Brown paid an emotional farewell to Downing Street after almost three turbulent years as Prime Minister.

The Sketch: Then came Cameron. And the amateurs had won after all

"It is a new evening, is it not?" To paraphrase Tony Blair. Last night, after Gordon Brown's resignation, we saw David Cameron driving to the Palace straight into a meteorological metaphor. After a long, patchy afternoon and a dull evening, the sun suddenly came out in that way it can, and flooded the scene from behind. A rainbow appeared.

Leading article: Family values

You know the problem. The relatives who want a home. The troubles with the builders. The grandchildren demanding expensive accommodation for their college years. What to do with the empty flat when a relative dies...

Smash-and-grab raid at Queen's silversmith

A gang of smash-and-grab robbers raided a landmark branch of the Queen's silversmith today.

The Virgin Queen, the serpent and the doctored portrait

Artist painted Elizabeth I holding a snake &ndash; then lost his nerve

Zuma visit: 'Thanks for the show, cultural imperialists!'

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