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Icon, a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Dan Llywelyn Hall, which was unveiled today at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

'Expressionist' painting of the Queen unveiled in Wales

A new "expressionist-style" portrait of the Queen commissioned by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation has been unveiled.

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Queen leaves hospital after just 24 hours following treatment for gastroenteritis

Queen Elizabeth II today left the hospital in which she spent just 24 hours, suffering with symptoms of gastroenteritis.

Billionnaire CEO Larry Ellison buys Hawaiian island

Oracle's chief executive Larry Ellison has bought 98 percent of Hawaii's sixth-largest island, Lanai, the state's governor has announced.

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Prince could have developed condition while standing in heavy rain during river pageant

Duke of Edinburgh in hospital with bladder infection

The Duke of Edinburgh has been taken to hospital with a bladder infection, Buckingham Palace said today.

Veteran Sun reporter is held in police bribe probe

Sun reporter questioned and more arrests forecast

Charles Nevin: Mr Osborne would make a fine statue

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Roman Soldier can steal historic march on Engels

Gratifying as it was to see a colt named Frederick Engels win the Windsor Castle Stakes, of all races, he may struggle to open up a new front in the class war at Newmarket today. It is true that the overall ambience at this meeting is a good deal more relaxed than Royal Ascot, both on and off the track. And the way Frederick Engels has thrived for a small, northern stable shows that his handlers need only equality of opportunity to storm the Turf's bastions of privilege. But the fact remains that he may have his work cut out to follow up in the TNT July Stakes.

Letter from the editor: Views are my own

Many of my fellow journalists, when they sign on to Twitter, add a little rider to their biography which states: “Views are my own”.

Therapy the right cure for local complex

Over recent years, indigenous sprinters have been made to look rather pedestrian by those schooled in other hemispheres, and yet another Australian speedball, Star Witness, is favourite to win the King's Stand Stakes at Ascot today. His connections have a novel excuse for a disappointing run last time, that he did not take kindly to an adjacent Top Gear roadshow, and any dual Group One winner Down Under is demonstrably entitled to be competitive against our rabble.

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A Day That Shook The World: Charles and Camilla marry

On 9 April 2005, Prince Charles finally married his long-term partner Camilla Parker-Bowles.

Terence Blacker: An empty title for Wootton Bassett can't hide tragedy

With his usual fondness for the hammy, headline-grabbing gesture, the Prime Minister has announced that the town through which coffins of dead British servicemen have been borne over the past four years is to be given a title. Wootton Bassett will soon become Royal Wootton Bassett. The honour previously granted to Leamington Spa and Tunbridge Wells (for being visited by the royal family), to the county of Berkshire (for containing Windsor Castle) and to companies like Fortnum and Mason (for providing groceries to the gentry) will now be accorded to a small town in Wiltshire in recognition for its services to national mourning.

Sir Elton John picks royal school for son

Sir Elton John has chosen a school that provides Queen Elizabeth's choirboys for his baby Zachary.

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