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A Fathers4Justice campaigner has been found guilty of defacing a portrait of the Queen with purple paint while it was hanging in Westminster Abbey.

Abbey National rebuffs NatWest

The board of Abbey National rejected the idea of discussing a pounds 25bn merger with National Westminster Bank on the grounds that Abbey would be handed the unwelcome task of integrating the retail banking divisions and taking responsibility for widespread branch closures, redundancies and customer dissatisfaction. NatWest would meanwhile have the more glamorous task of creating an international mega-bank, which City wags christened Westminster Abbey.

Letter: Trollope tip for Abbey charges

Sir: An article on 21 March states that Westminster Abbey could charge visitors admission an admission fee "for the first time in its history".

Westminster Abbey could charge visitors

Westminster Abbey could introduce admission charges for the first time in its history as part of a bid to control the influx of visitors.

Church seeks future in glorious past

Celebrations planned to mark the 1,400th anniversary of St Augustine's mission to convert the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity should not be seen as an "exercise in ecclesiastical nostalgia", according to the Church of England.

Obituary: Ronald Mason

May I add a footnote to John Tydeman's most evocative obituary of Ronald Mason [20 January]?, writes Merlin Holland.

Obituary: Douglas Guest

Douglas Guest will be remembered not only as a fine church musician (and one of the most handsome) but also as a great school director of music.

Midnight in the fields of war: Books

Peter Parker celebrates the centenary of Edmund Blunden's birth

Low profile for the Stone of Destiny as it takes the high road north

Hollywood would have at least ordered up a tartan blanket. Maybe over- dubbed the pibroch tones of a lone piper. But yesterday, Her Majesty's Government merely stuffed the Stone of Destiny into the back of a Range Rover and sent it north.

Stone of Scone will rest in Edinburgh

The Government unveiled plans yesterday to move the Stone of Scone north of the border to Edinburgh Castle, ending its 700-year residence at Westminster Abbey.

Letter: Choir is booked

Sir:Lord Horder (letter, 14 October) says that he has learned "indirectly" that Choral Evensong will not precede the unveiling in Westminster Abbey of a memorial to Sir John Betjeman.

Obituary : Sir Reginald Pullen

Few people can say that the main part of their life has revolved around one of the nation's greatest institutions and that the institution has benefited enormously from their contribution. Yet that surely is how history will record the life of Sir Reginald Pullen, Receiver General of Westminster Abbey from 1959 to 1987.

Obituary: Frances Lang

Frances Lang, who died last week aged 34, first appeared in the foyer of the Independent on Sunday in the winter of 1993, when she was a photography student at the Newport School of Art and Design. She held a box of colour Xeroxes of portraits of young women chefs. She had, somehow, captured the face of a new authority in commercial kitchens. Her series of photographs was published in the Sunday Review, immediately serialised in Germany and imitated in Australia and the United States.

Army divided over right to escort Stone of Scone

The Army will escort the ancient Stone of Scone back to Scotland on St Andrew's Day - 700 years after it was seized by the marauding English.

Obituary: Sir Brian Warren

Brian Warren was one of the most prominent and fashionable London general practitioners of his day. It was his wit, warmth and no-nonsense wisdom (to which as his son-in-law for 15 years, I was privy) that made him so popular a doctor among his largely well-to-do patients, many of whom also inevitably became his lifelong friends.

Secret x-ray reveals the real Stone of Scone

It's official. The people were not fooled. The Stone of Destiny, the mystical symbol of monarchical power that John Major has kindly offered to send back to its rightful owners the Scots, is the real McCoy.
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