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

UK economy may never have suffered 'double dip' recession, claim researchers

The UK economy may never have suffered a "double dip" recession, researchers have said - just days after official figures showed it avoided an unprecedented "triple-dip".

Icon, a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Dan Llywelyn Hall, which was unveiled today at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

'Expressionist' painting of the Queen unveiled in Wales

A new "expressionist-style" portrait of the Queen commissioned by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation has been unveiled.

Demonstrators in Chennai, India, protest against continuing war crimes against Tamils in Sri Lanka, last month

David Cameron urged to to boycott Sri Lanka summit over 'human rights abuses'

Canada 'appalled' that Colombo had been selected to host the Commonwealth meeting

Brother of Essex man Suneet Jeerh jailed in Dubai on drugs charges plans to appeal his conviction

Sheikh on diplomatic visit to UK as three men are found guilty of drugs charges in Dubai

Mel Greig (left) and Michael Christian (right), Australian 2Day FM presenters

Duchess of Cambridge phone hoax DJ Mel Greig will appear at inquest into death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha

Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanged in central London nurses' quarters three days after the hoax phone call

The French magazine that published topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge could be shut for up to five years and see the photographer who took the images imprisoned for up to a year.

French magazine that published Kate Middleton topless pictures could close for five years

Valerie Suau, a French photographer, is also under investigation along with her employer La Provence, a regional title, which printed photographs of the Duchess that did not involve nudity

Rolf Harris with his portrait of the Queen at a London art gallery in 2010

Black paint smeared over art gallery displaying Rolf Harris paintings

Police are probing reports of threats to a Devon art gallery after black paint was smeared across its shop windows apparently to obscure paintings by Rolf Harris. The Australian-born artist and television entertainer was recently named as one of 12 men held by officers investigating the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Lord Stirrup was admitted to the Order yesterday

Elevation of Lord Jock Stirrup a snub to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown

Air Chief Marshal joins the Order of the Garter, whose members usually include former PMs

Margaret Thatcher's funeral: Grassroots mingle with the great and the good

Party faithful join family members to bid fond farewell in personal ceremony

Dmitri Shostakovich, Russian composer and pianist

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Black Caviar (left) and Frankel

Will Black Caviar and Frankel be mated to produce a 'super horse'?

Black Caviar has retired after 25 consecutive victories - but there are no guarantees any foals the mare produces will replicate her achievements

St Paul's Cathedral ahead of the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Baroness Thatcher funeral timetable

Here is the timetable for events surrounding the funeral of Baroness Thatcher today.

The Queen attending Lady Thatcher’s 80th birthday party

Margaret Thatcher and the Queen: The two most powerful women in the world

The Iron Lady’s relationship with Elizabeth II was not as fraught as is often portrayed

Thatcher discord sets the clock back 30 years

I arrived back from holiday to find the country divided and inflamed once more

Jeremy Clarkson, Shirley Bassey and Tony Blair, but no Mikhail Gorbachev: Margaret Thatcher's funeral guest list announced

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will not be invited

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