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Malala Yousafzai warns British schoolgirls not to take their education for granted as Taliban renews threat to kill her

Teenage human rights campaigner tells UK students 'it is very precious - go to school' as Taliban say they will try to kill her again

Adoring fans greet Prince Harry in Sydney for Australian Navy commemorations

Harry met with Australia's newly-elected Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his family during the visit

Nichols Canyon, ridden by William Buick, was a ready winner of the Listed Noel Murless Stakes at Ascot

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A field of 21 stood their ground at the first forfeit stage for the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe, with the Prix Vermeille winner Treve and St Leger victor Leading Light expected to be supplemented for the Group One Longchamp prize tomorrow. But the elements are still likely to play a role in determining the line-up for Sunday's contest.

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Prince George to be christened next month

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The Princess of Wales: The failure to do justice to Diana and why she is no queen of arts

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Naomi Watts stars as the People's Princess in 'Diana'

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Even Naomi Watts can't rescue director Oliver Hirschbiegel's latest effort

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Michael Goulding: Flower arranger who served the Queen and nine prime ministers

Michael Goulding was a flower arranger to royalty and to nine successive Prime Ministers and their wives, from Macmillan to Major. They were all interested in flowers: Alec Douglas-Home used to rearrange Goulding's flowers when he left the room; Dorothy Macmillan would bring flowers from Birch Grove for Goulding to arrange – when he got them they were often dead. Margaret Thatcher took a great interest in his flowers, and put his name forward for a Queen's Birthday Honours award.

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