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A boy enters a palace of a hundred rooms where an assassin may lurk behind every door and shadowy figures are reflected in a Hall of Mirrors.  An astonishing treasure lies at its heart, but powerful enemies are at the gates.

Prince George misses outing as Royal Family attended traditional Sandringham Christmas Day church service

Prince George stayed in the warm as the Royal Family attended their traditional Christmas Day church service.

Jimmy Savile volunteering as a hospital porter in 1970

19 more hospitals to be investigated as part of Savile probe

A further 19 hospitals are to have their links with disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile investigated, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said today.

The V&A says it has discovered a previously unknown oil sketch by John Constable tucked beneath the lining of another work

Unseen John Constable oil sketch discovered at Victoria and Albert museum

Restorers uncovered the artwork while renovating a major painting

Wilhelm II with his mother the Empress Victoria, daughter of Queen Victoria of Great Britain

Kaiser Wilhelm II’s unnatural love for his mother ‘led to a hatred of Britain’

Queen Victoria’s grandson had no time for nation from an early age

The Saturday Quiz answers

1. President of the Oxford Union.

What do a crash helmet, a condom, Tower Bridge and a kettle have in common?

The British Standards Institution has given its stamp of approval to goods from helmets to condoms and steel. Mark Leftly meets the boss of a British success story

Timber foundation beams from Roman building, Bloomberg Place

8,000 artefacts and rising: City dig pronounced the 'most important ever' in London

Archaeologists have nicknamed the site 'the Pompeii of the North'

A passage from India: Anneika Rose and Ray Panthaki in rehearsals for Tanika Gupta’s play, ‘The Empress’

The Empress at the Swan Theatre: People's play tells a tale of pride and prejudice

Tanika Gupta reveals how she gave the Indians of Victorian London a voice

American novels are becoming more emotional

The plot thickens... Why are British novels becoming less emotional, and US ones more so?

John Walsh discovers a whole new chapter of scientific research

Bath Literature Festival: An obsession with death and dark literature

Two heavyweight speakers gave passionate talks on two titans of 19th-century poetry at The Independent Bath Literature Festival – focusing on their preoccupation with death.

The Queen will be the first monarch to attend weekly briefing at Number 10 since Queen Victoria

Queen to attend Cabinet meeting as observer

The Queen will be the first monarch to attend weekly briefing at Number 10 since Queen Victoria

Harriet Walker: Is a lesbian daughter worth $60m?

How much would you pay to make sure your kids turn out the way you want? Expensive school fees? Piano lessons? A gap year helping poor people in exotic climes, perhaps? Or why not just offer $60m to any man who will agree to wed your daughter? That's Hong Kong tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-Tsung's method anyway. He's hoping the amount will sway at least one willing suitor into the marriage bed of his daughter Gigi Chao.

DJ Taylor: Everyone wants to be Scottish now

Heather and tartan have given way to good government and social cohesion as symbols of Scotland. Plus, sports commentary vs. silence

Prince Philip attends Trooping the Colour parade

The Duke of Edinburgh appeared in good spirits yesterday in his first major public engagement since leaving hospital, where he was treated for a bladder infection.

Charles may lose his global role when king

Prince Charles could be stripped of the title of Head of the Commonwealth when he becomes King, under radical plans set out in a book published to coincide with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
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Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

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Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

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Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

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Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

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