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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