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Royal Household must ‘do more with less’, say MPs after review of finances

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Sir Bradley Wiggins is knighted by the Queen in 'nerve-wracking' ceremony

The Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medallist was recognised for his services to cycling

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Some of the speeches were moving, others too long. Some were designed  to stick the boot in to the Tories. Donald Macintyre watched Parliament pay its respects to Mandela

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Princess speaks of her love for the budget airline easyJet saying: 'it’s the only direct route to Biarritz'

Nelson Mandela's funeral plans: 'Nicole Scherzinger to sing'

The former Pussycat Doll apparently met with the late South African president’s daughters at the Mandarin Hotel in London, where they are said to have discussed the potential appearance

Nelson Mandela was courageous to fight against oppression in apartheid South Africa and should not have been labelled 'a terrorist', the Archbishop of Canterbury said

Nelson Mandela was no terrorist, says Justin Welby

Nelson Mandela was courageous to fight against oppression in apartheid South Africa and should not have been labelled “a terrorist”, the Archbishop of Canterbury said at a service of thanksgiving for his life on Sunday.

Metallica will play Antarctica on Sunday

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President Mandela greets Queen Elizabeth II on her official arrival at Cape Town's Waterfront in 1995

Queen to miss Nelson Mandela funeral over security and long-haul flight concerns

Prince Charles will go in her place, and be joined by Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour's Ed Miliband in paying respects to 'hero across countries, continents and parties'

Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town:
'He transcended race and class in his actions. He taught us that to respect those with whom we are politically or culturally at odds is not weakness, but a mark of self-respect.'

World leaders and celebrities to fly to South Africa for Nelson Mandela memorials

Few will want to miss being seen mourning one of the twentieth century’s greatest figures

Churcher: he began the war flying Lancasters then moved on to Mosquitoes as a target marker

Group Captain Ronnie Churcher: RAF bomber pilot who worked with Guy Gibson and served in the King's Flight and Queen's Flight

The vanished figure of Guy Gibson VC, the Second World War Dambusters' leader, killed in action in 1944, looms over the life of Group Captain Ronnie Churcher, a fellow Mosquito pilot on the fatal sortie. A taller, less acerbic man than his former CO in 106 Squadron of the RAF's admired No 5 Group, Churcher lived on to taste the high life of the 1950s and '60s that Gibson might have relished.

Rescuers lift the police helicopter wreckage from the roof of the The Clutha Pub in Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow helicopter crash: death toll rises to nine

The wreckage of the helicopter was removed from the site this morning as investigators said the pilot put out no mayday calls before the crash

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B&B and Beyond: Pauntley Court, Gloucestershire

The former home of Dick Whittington combines medieval grandeur with modern comforts, says Matthew Bell

Andy McSmith's Diary: Jeremy Hunt(s) for answers to all the right questions (if they’re sent in beforehand)

There is little spontaneity in Question Time in the House of Commons. MPs arrive with their pre-prepared questions, quite often supplied for them by the business managers.

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Morrissey backs Russell Brand's no vote call in tirade against British establishment

The singer began his impassioned rant by condemning hunting in Britain

President Michael D Higgins is to become the first Irish head of state to make an official state visit to the UK

President Michael Higgins to make historic first visit to UK by Irish head of state

President Michael D Higgins is to become the first Irish head of state to make an official state visit to the UK. He has accepted an invitation from the Queen for him and his wife, Sabina, to stay at Windsor Castle on 8 April next year.

Jeremy Paxman has taken issue the plans to 'celebrate' next year's centenary of the First World War

Downing Street demands apology after Jeremy Paxman calls David Cameron 'complete idiot'

The Newsnight veteran is unhappy at Cameron's take on next year's first world war centenary

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