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Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace has been gutted under a major restoration project that is due be completed in the autumn

Queen spends £1m to upgrade Will and Kate’s new home

Kensington Palace refurbishment is part of £33.3m spent on the Royal Family last year

World wide web creator Tim Berners-Lee says internet freedom must be safeguarded

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has said his invention of the world wide web should be safeguarded from being controlled by governments or large corporations.

Sky Lantern (L) powers past the field to win the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot

Lantern shines for Hughes to dispel doubts
and frustration

1,000 Guineas heroine gains spectacular win in Coronation Stakes under trademark ride

Dandy looks fine for Jubilee celebration

With the scores level between Ireland and the host nation, on three apiece, the final Group One race of the meeting can tilt things in favour of the raiders.

Frankie Dettori seeks a first Group One win since his return

Maureen can deliver Frankie Dettori redemption at Royal Ascot

Hearts will rule many heads tomorrow, albeit resistance should perhaps be fairly minimal anyway after events here. For it is not just sentiment that will unite punters behind two Warren Place runners who seek to emulate the success of Riposte. The form book, after all, gives Joyeuse and Disclaimer strong claims – quite apart from the air of destiny preceding both. But that does not alter the fact that those hard enough of heart might find better value elsewhere.

Andy McSmith's Diary: I admit I made mistakes over Militant, says Jack Straw

Half a dozen former members of the Blackburn constituency Labour Party, who had the unwanted distinction more than 30 years ago of being the first party members expelled for belonging to the secretive Trotskyite organisation, Militant, have extracted an apology from the town’s long-serving MP, Jack Straw. Not over their expulsion: the former Foreign Secretary has no qualms about that, but in his memoir Last Man Standing, published last year, Mr Straw added a claim that the six were siphoning party funds to give to striking miners. He has now admitted, in a letter to the Lancashire Telegraph, that it cannot be true. These events happened so long ago that they predated the 1984 miners’ strike.

Guides cannot secure the highest badges without making the Promise

'I promise... to be true to myself and develop my beliefs': Girl Guides drop religious reference but pledge to self and the Queen

After 103 years, organisation changes oath to welcome 'all girls, of all faiths, and none'

Exhibition Curator Lauren Porter holds a sketch book owned by Queen Victoria containing various sketches drawn in Scotland, which is part of the Royal Paintbox: Royal Artists Past and Present exhibition which runs from Saturday, 22 June 2013 to Sunday, 26 January 2014, at Windsor Castle, Berkshire.

Queen Victoria's sketches and watercolours go on display at Windsor Castle

Intimate sketches by Queen Victoria of her children will be one of the highlights of a new exhibition featuring artwork by the royal family through the centuries.

Still reigning: Helen Mirren is uncannily like Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan’s The Audience

Helen Mirren in The Audience breaks audience record as 110,000 people watch in cinemas

It is called The Audience - and the West End play has broken an audience record.

The News Matrix: Monday 17 June 2013

Celebrations over moderate leader

Sir Henry Cecil's Royal Ascot entries will run as planned

Royal Ascot 2013: Spirit of Sir Henry Cecil alive in global carnival

Royal meeting opens with international fanfare after scandals and bereavement

The Duke of Edinburgh leaves the London Clinic in central London, 11 days after he was admitted for exploratory abdominal surgery

Duke of Edinburgh 'relaxed' as he leaves hospital after exploratory abdominal surgery

The Duke of Edinburgh left hospital today, less than a fortnight after he was admitted for exploratory abdominal surgery.

Queen visits Duke of Edinburgh in hospital after Prince misses Trooping the Colour ceremony

The Queen visited Prince Philip at the London Clinic today, after attending the Trooping the Colour ceremony without him.

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