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If he had been just a kindly chap, nobody outside his family would have noticed

King Philippe ascended to the throne in July 2013 after his father abdicated for health reasons

King of Belgium has used powers to pardon 11 people for driving offences in just five months

The King has been forced to apologise following the revelation which came a day before huge a 130 car pile up in the country

Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'

Story of Jesus Christ was 'fabricated to pacify the poor', claims controversial Biblical scholar

Christianity was a sophisticated government propaganda exercise used to pacify the subjects of a the Roman Empire, claims scholar

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Ebony Bones has a good hair day at last

The singer Ebony Bones went to stage school with Amy Winehouse, worked with Mark Rylance, and did seven years in a soap opera. She tells Nick Duerden about her journey, and her fight to release her new album

Mary Beard with an ancient Roman caligae at the Xanten Museum

TV review: Caligula with Mary Beard, BBC2

Coming Up: Sammy's War, Channel 4

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Class war thrives: Tories trade in stereotype – and poetry

Miliband’s gag – ‘He is the Prime Minister for Benson and hedge funds’ – was a work in progress

Book review: Citadel, By Kate Mosse

History, hokum, heartache, and strong women at the helm

Video: Film trailers for the latest releases

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Gemma Arterton is not a vampire but a ‘sucrient’ in Neil Jordan’s blood-letting flick

Jonathan Romney on Byzantium: Revenge of the British landlady

Neil Jordan nudges self-parody in a garbled feminist vampire-fest set in a seaside B&B

Video: Film trailers for the latest releases

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Goddess statue stolen in Sissinghurst Castle robbery

Thieves have stolen a marble statue of a Greek goddess from one of Britain's most elegant gardens.

Review: The Ides of April, By Lindsey Davis. Hodder & Stoughton, £18.99

In Nemesis we left Falco, Lindsey Davis's Roman sleuth, on a sombre note, suffering the loss of a father and a child. Perhaps life had become too dark for him to take centre-stage in another novel.

Paolo Di Canio gestures towards fans during his time at Lazio

Errors and Omissions: ‘Dux’ on Di Canio's bicep? There's a problem in that construction

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