News Buckingham Palace is not immune to Government policy of making money go further

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

Belgian King Albert II addresses the nation from the Royal Palace in Brussels

€1m a year? Belgium's former King Albert struggles to cope with new 'pay'

Admittedly it's a step down from €11.5m annual salary he received before his abdication

The HM Naval Base in Portsmouth dockyard

Ian Burrell on Portsmouth hometown: Scuttling of 800-year-old institution is shameful

Most locals knew someone who worked there. Ian Burrell recalls growing up close to the dockyard

Gai Waterhouse holds aloft the Melbourne Cup

Fiorente and Waterhouse keep Melbourne Cup at home

If only the ills besetting Australian sport could be cured as easily as the solution racing has devised – simply import the opposition. Fiorente, who won the Melbourne Cup, went one place better than last year's second to fellow expat Green Moon, beating some familiar rivals.

Malala Yousafzai: 'I want to be Pakistan Prime Minister' - after missing out on Nobel Peace Prize

She had been widely tipped to win the Nobel Peace Prize

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 2013 with Prince George

Expect awkward family discussions as Princess Anne and Countess of Wessex among senior royals NOT attending the christening of Prince George

While the palace has not released the official guest list yet, there could be some bitter disagreements over who gets the nod in a much-limited royal contingent

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge trains with players in the grounds of Buckingham Palace

Indyplus gallery: Players taking part in football match at Buckingham Palace

Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC play in match to mark FA's 150th anniversary

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge trains with players in the grounds of Buckingham Palace

'If anyone breaks a window, you can answer to the Queen': Duke of Cambridge warns players taking part in football match at Buckingham Palace

Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC play in match to mark FA's 150th anniversary

Malala Yousafzai warns British schoolgirls not to take their education for granted as Taliban renews threat to kill her

Teenage human rights campaigner tells UK students 'it is very precious - go to school' as Taliban say they will try to kill her again

Adoring fans greet Prince Harry in Sydney for Australian Navy commemorations

Harry met with Australia's newly-elected Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his family during the visit

Nichols Canyon, ridden by William Buick, was a ready winner of the Listed Noel Murless Stakes at Ascot

Treve can take measure of Arc all-comers

Unbeaten filly set to repel international challenge after classic French preparation

Sorry, ma'am, but Royal Mail sell-off means no more crowning glory

It could be a bad heir day for Royal Mail. The postal giant has admitted it may lose the right to use symbols of the monarchy including the E II R royal cypher on post boxes and the crown on stamps after its £3bn privatisation, while Prince Charles' image may never appear on future stamps.

Novellist on his way to winning the King George VI in July

Andreas Wöhler plots perfect Arc ending with Novellist

A field of 21 stood their ground at the first forfeit stage for the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe, with the Prix Vermeille winner Treve and St Leger victor Leading Light expected to be supplemented for the Group One Longchamp prize tomorrow. But the elements are still likely to play a role in determining the line-up for Sunday's contest.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George

Prince George to be christened next month

The christening will be a private event with photographs released afterwards

The Princess of Wales: The failure to do justice to Diana and why she is no queen of arts

Her tragedy should have inspired great works, says Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Yoga guru Swami Ramdevji 'detained at Heathrow Airport'

Spiritual leader was expected to lead 1,500-strong class in Glasgow on Monday night

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