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

Book review: The Bone Season, By Samantha Shannon

For all its ingenuity and imagination, the first episode in a magical series lacks the human touch

The Fugue sounds out Arc de Triomphe chance

Trips to Paris and California are on the agenda for The Fugue after she bounced back to her brilliant best in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York today.

The Tories and Liberal Democrats are facing demands to return a £520,000 bequest from an elderly spinster after it emerged she had intended it to go into government coffers

Everyone was wrong about the will of Joan Edwards

There is an answer, but nobody paid enough attention to find it

Richard Rogers versus Prince Charles: Lord Rogers of Riverside claims heir to the throne has right of 'veto' to major developments

Prince Charles has 'veto' over major new developments, claims leading architect

Richard Rogers says developers now check with Prince before committing investment

Al Kazeem wins the Eclipse at Sandown last month

Patient approach takes Al Kazeem to new peaks

Five-year-old who came back from injury to become best in Europe now faces young guns

Scotland Yard are “scoping” new information about the death of Princess Diana

Former Met Commissioner says new Diana claims should be examined by police

The former Metropolitan Police Commissioner who led Scotland Yard's investigation into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, has said that is right that any new allegations are examined by police.

Government ministers were not told about the prince's employees working in Whitehall departments

MPs demand inquiry into revelations that Prince Charles sent staff to work in Whitehall

Ministers urged to explain why Clarence House employees were given government posts

Scotland Yard to assess fresh claims over death of Princess Diana

Detectives say they are 'scoping' the information and 'assessing its relevance and credibility'

Stuntman Mark Sutton and parachuting at the Olympics opening ceremony

Olympics 'James Bond' stuntman Mark Sutton killed in Alps skydiving accident

Mark Sutton is believed to have hit a mountain ridge while taking part in wingsuit dive in the Swiss Alps

Duke of Edinburgh carries out first official engagement following operation

The Duke of Edinburgh has carried out his first official engagement in nearly two months, saying it was a “great pleasure to be back in circulation”.

Flower power: Prince Charles, supports alternative therapies

Private talks between Prince Charles and Cabinet ministers took place on dozens of occasions since last election

Future king's has had seven separate meetings with the PM since May 2010, and 36 in all with Coalition frontbenchers

Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi yacht heads down the Solent yesterday

Injured servicemen dip a 'toe in the water' with entry to gruelling yacht race

Amputees among 2,500 competitors in biennial 608-mile race featuring more women than ever

Five Questions About: Zero-hour contracts

Zero hours: so you get paid to do nothing?

Charlie Cooper said this picture breached his human rights

Mother knows best: Thief punished by his mum on Facebook

The story represents yet another occasion when a parent has been able to punish their offspring via a social network

Royal Baby: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge register birth of Prince George

As one in three UK children are born into poverty, one child will never know that reality thanks to his father's occupation as "Prince of the United Kingdom".

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there