Life and Style

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.

Prince Charles to attend D-Day anniversary

The Prince of Wales will attend the 65th commemorations of the D-Day landings in France, it was reported today.

Sir Alan? Oh no, it'd be like wearing a suit every day

Playwright who rejected a knighthood says he's probably the last real monarchist left in Britain

BNP leader pulls out of Palace garden party

British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin bowed out of attending a Buckingham Palace garden party today, saying he had "no wish to embarrass the Queen".

GLA leans on member to withdraw Griffin invitation

The British National Party leader Nick Griffin was today facing being effectively barred from attending a Buckingham Palace garden party.

Kevin Myers: Ronan O'Gara's a real lout for not giving the Queen some respect

It's simple. Ronan O'Gara is a lout.

Queen's horse fails dope test

A horse owned by Queen Elizabeth has tested positive for a prohibited substance, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has said.

Nick Park: 'I'm like Wallace - a tinkerer'

Wallace & Gromit are a labour of love for their creator Nick Park. The much-loved Plasticine pair have almost become his children

Queen leads condolences as Cameron son dies

Conservative leader David Cameron and his wife Samantha were tonight mourning the death of their disabled six-year-old son Ivan, comforted by messages of condolence led by the Queen.

Family values: were dinosaurs the first social creatures?

The majority of dinosaurs were peaceful, plant-eating creatures that developed the Earth's first strong social communities.

The mammals inherit the earth: how a family of nocturnal forest-dwellers became the next masters of life on the land

Had that asteroid missed the Earth 65.5 million years ago, would many of the animals we know and love today, including mankind, ever have evolved?

Our ancestors: how primates spread across the earth

Primates were the world's experts in swinging, leaping and jumping from one tree to the next. Life was safest in the trees, far from carnivorous reptiles like crocodiles, which survived the fate of the dinosaurs and still oozed through the swamps below. Fruit and nuts were within easy reach. And up in the trees the view was much better. Getting around was also easier than on the ground, provided you had the skills of a leaping Tarzan.

Wipe-out: how a terrible asteroid impact wiped out the dinosaurs

65.5 million years ago

'Assassination attempt' on Queen revealed

Anti-monarchists attempted to assassinate the Queen by derailing her train as she toured Australia almost 40 years ago, it was claimed today.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas