Compared to the grind of US politics, our Royal family offers a burst of romance
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Friday 04 February 2011
A steward at Windsor Castle was given a suspended prison sentence today for grooming and abusing a young boy 25 years ago.
Friday 19 November 2010
On 20 November 1992 the home of the British monarchy for nearly 1,000 years burst into flames destroying nine rooms, injuring one and risking priceless artworks.
Monday 25 October 2010
Saturday 11 September 2010
Try finding Runnymede on a road atlas of Britain and you may well be thwarted. The seminal place where the Magna Carta was sealed fails to appear on many maps – including mine. Which seems odd, given that this was the birthplace of civil rights and modern democracy. All the more reason, then, to pay a visit.
Thursday 05 August 2010
Tuesday 06 July 2010
The Queen is down to her last £1m and will go into the red in the year of her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, figures released by Buckingham Palace reveal.
Saturday 12 June 2010
Susan Richenda The Lady Elton, CVO. Lady in Waiting to The Queen.
Wednesday 26 May 2010
Here’s a novel suggestion for how the government can help reduce the massive public deficit: sell Stonehenge. A survey of 500 estate agents, among other monuments studied, has placed the price of the ancient stone circle at a cool £51 million. It’s a drop in the ocean of the £156 billion gap between government income and expenditure. But it’s a start.
Thursday 08 April 2010
Harriet Garland, who has died of leukaemia, was a memorable figure in the London borough of Camden, and was its mayor from 2004 to 2005. In her late sixties and far from trim, she abseiled down the walls of the town hall to raise money for charity, she chatted to Prince Charles about his painting at the Royal College of Physicians, and danced with old ladies when she visited them at their care homes. A longstanding member of the Labour Party and already active locally, mostly on behalf of the homeless and the mentally ill, she was elected to the council in 1990, where she exercised her powers with a winning combination of steeliness and charm.
Tuesday 06 April 2010
Gordon Brown launched the General Election campaign today with an appeal to the country to give him "a clear and straightforward mandate" to continue the work of economic recovery.
Thursday 31 December 2009
Anthony Hardingham, a tractor driver on the Sandringham Estate, has now received two awards from the Queen. Mr Hardingham already holds the Royal Victorian Medal (Silver), awarded in 2004, but now holds an RVM plus bar. He is one of 38 people included in the New Year Honours List for their personal services to the Royal Family.
Sunday 20 September 2009
Saturday 19 September 2009
Stables built for King Henry VIII 473 years ago may be up for sale, because Buckingham Palace is desperate for money for urgent repairs. The old stables in Royal Mews, in the grounds of Hampton Court, would be expected to fetch £2m.
Saturday 19 September 2009
Wednesday 08 July 2009
In defence of liberal democracy
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
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