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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.

How It Ends, By Chris Impey

This is a cheery work from a US astronomer about the death of everything. Displaying an adroit turn of phrase ("Nature is parsimonious... Think of your atoms as hand-me-downs"), Impey showers the reader with terminal revelations.

Wedding snub 'so difficult' says Duchess of York

The Duchess of York said not being invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding was "so difficult" for her to cope with.

Video: The Royal Wedding highlights so far

Watch the best moments from The Mall and Westminster Abbey on William and Kate's wedding day.

Video: Kate walks down the aisle

The bride in ivory walks through Westminster Abbey for her wedding.

Video: Celebrity guests at the Royal Wedding

See the celebrity guests arriving at Westminster Abbey for Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding.

Video: William and Harry arrive to cheers

Crowds cheer their approval as the Princes head to Westminster Abbey.

Showers should miss carriage ride

Weather forecasters today backed the decision of the royal couple to travel to Buckingham Palace in an open-top carriage.

Video: Royal Wedding guests arrive at Abbey

Guests have started arriving at Westminster Abbey for the Royal wedding.

Westminster Abbey, By Richard Jenkyns

For anyone who hasn't heard enough about "the most complex church in the world" in past days, Profile has re-issued this introduction, surely the most worthwhile of wedding souvenirs.

Crowds cause chaos outside Westminster Abbey

Swelling numbers of royal fans and camera crews caused chaos outside Westminster Abbey today, creating traffic jams and bringing crowds to a standstill.

Video: Harry and Kate back at Abbey

Prince Harry and Kate Middleton go back to Westminster Abbey to prepare.

Video: Wills and Kate rehearse

Prince William and Kate have been spotted at Westminster Abbey rehearsing before the big day with Prince Harry and Kate's parents.

The Royal Wedding: Trees, tiaras and trestle tables

'The Independent' has a proud tradition of covering royal matters less slavishly than its rivals. We have loosened up a bit since our early days, when the 1988 birth of the Duke and Duchess of York's first child was marked with a single grudging sentence in the News In Brief column.

Injured student to face charges over disorder

A student who required brain surgery after he was allegedly hit by a truncheon during last December's tuition fee protest in London, is to face a charge of violent disorder.

Talbot Church: The ultimate guide, by the man the Royals trust

There will, in effect, be two royal weddings on Friday. The pomp and grandeur of a very public ceremony will be watched by billions across the world. But what will be going on privately behind the scenes? Our veteran court correspondent who has covered all the great royal occasions of recent years offers a true insider's view of what will be an unforgettable day
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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
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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

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The 12 ways of Christmas

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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