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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital

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Prince William says he and the Duchess are 'still working on a name' and their son has spent his first night at his Kensington Palace home

Royal baby boy: 'We could not be happier,' says Duke of Cambridge after wife Kate gives birth

The wait for the royal baby and the future monarch ended on Monday after a day of sweltering speculation when it was announced that the Duchess of Cambridge had given birth to a boy.

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge

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Dame Helen Mirren even played the Queen in action film Red 2 (albeit Elizabeth I not II)

Dame Helen Mirren struggles to 'wriggle out' of Queen's mantle even in action film Red 2

Playing the Queen may have won Dame Helen Mirren an Oscar and an Olivier award, but she revealed she is struggling to “wriggle out” of the regal mantle. Only a rewrite at her request meant the acclaimed actress did not have to imitate Elizabeth II in her latest film, a big budget American action movie.

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The exhibition at Kensington Palace introduces iPads, wi-fi and a new level of interactivity- including a specially designed version of Paper app

In pictures: HMS Queen Elizabeth (the Royal Navy's largest ship) nears completion

Completed carrier will be amongst the second largest class of warships in the world

England’s Steph Houghton has no more time for frivolity

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England must be inspired, not intimidated, by tough Euro challenge, Steph Houghton tells Martin Hardy

The Beatles made it into The Feeling's 12-minute medley of British rock’s greatest achievements

The Beatles and Blur - but no Oasis or Rolling Stones - for the Queen's 12 minutes of British pop

The Feeling will perform the medley at Buckingham Palace this weekend

William Haggas saddles Dare To Achieve in the Bahrain Trophy

Sir John Hawkins can turn up heat at July Festival

For anyone who has wondered quite how the British Turf continues to seduce investment from the Gulf, perhaps a day at the July Festival at Newmarket might prove every bit as instructive as one spent among the pomp and pageantry of Ascot or Epsom. At a time of year when their homelands seem most arid, the sheikhs find themselves driven through avenues of trees between green paddocks to a racecourse full of shade and flowers. And if the quality of the sport is mixed, with plenty of maidens and handicaps as ballast to the elite contests, then there will be a corresponding air of relaxation over the next three afternoons – not least granted the benign weather forecast.

Scotland Yard hand over file on Australian Royal prank call to see if DJ duo committed offence

One half of DJ duo has also announced that she will take action against Southern Cross Austereo, her lawyer announces 

Bin Laden wore a cowboy hat to disguise himself

Don't you know who I am? Mr Toad may have escaped from prison as a washerwoman, but real-life incognitos seldom get disguises right

Bin Laden favoured a cowboy hat, but how does his ruse compare to other masters of disguise?

Fabre takes unorthodox route to Arc with Intello

The gauntlet laid down by the  maturing Al Kazeem at Sandown the previous day was promptly picked up yesterday by the younger colt who may yet lead the home defence in Paris this autumn. But the fact that Intello was dropped in trip, as well as grade, for a Group Three race at Maisons-Laffitte appeared to compound reservations about the suitability of the stamina test presented by the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Tactical speed can win battle for War

Even the bitter certainty that they will occasionally put a rider into intensive care is a reflection on the essential unpredictability of thoroughbreds.

Royal command: Susan Bullock’s Elizabeth I has a touch of Bette Davis about her

Classical Review: Gloriana -Never enter the Virgin Queen’s bedchamber

Commissioned to celebrate the coronation of the present Queen, Gloriana was a rare flop for Benjamin Britten. Its story of silly, handsome Robert Devereux’s ascent and descent in the affections of  the ageing Elizabeth I is doubly hampered by the Tudorbethan argot of William Plomer’s libretto and the composer’s garish orchestration of John Dowland’s lute songs. For every moment of beauty and brilliance, there is another of thumb-twiddling banality.

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