Queen Elizabeth I

Cost of monarchy down by £1.8m

The Queen's official expenditure decreased by 5.3% from £33.9 million in 2009/10 to £32.1 million in 2010/11 according to the royal public finances annual report.

The Timeline: US presidential visits

It seemed, said the media, like all the suppressed emotion of the war years erupted to greet President Wilson. Londoners packed the streets for Wilson's journey from Charing Cross Station to Buckingham Palace. Soldiers lined the route for this first presidential visit, bayonets flashing in the Boxing Day sunshine. The 28th president went on to visit Carlisle, his mother's birthplace, and Manchester.

Diary: Piers: I'm through with Hugh

As a one-time golfing chum of Hugh Grant, the celebrated swordsman and saviour of celebrity privacy, I was naturally overjoyed to hear him phoning this very office to speak with our honoured guest, the Radio 5 Live presenter Richard Bacon, during his broadcast from The Independent this week.

Queen visits Croke Park stadium

The Queen took centre stage at Dublin's iconic Croke Park gaelic football and hurling stadium today in a historic new act of Anglo-Irish reconciliation.

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.

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From the Queen to the Queen Vic: 'The Lady' selects its leading ladies

When Boris Johnson's sister, Rachel, assumed the editorship of The Lady promising to double the tiny circulation of the venerable publication in a year or die trying, she knew that the shock waves from her cultural revolution would get the teacups rattling in the parlours of the nation's gentlefolk.