Voices Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, emerge from St Mary's with their newborn son

Compared to the grind of US politics, our Royal family offers a burst of romance

An up and down over the Union Flag

The Diana effect lingers on. The Queen has broken with tradition and decreed that the Union flag will from now on fly full-mast from Buckingham Palace 24 hours a day - so that it can be lowered to half-mast when a member of the Royal Family dies, writes Kim Sengupta.

Abdication looms

They had been glittering hosts to the most fashionable of the age. But during 1936, as public opprobrium grew, Edward V111 and Wallis Simpson became outcasts

Rugby Union: England learning to lose

Tim Glover watches the fire and flair of France engulf Dallaglio's team; Five Nations' Championship: Seven games without a win and Les Rosbifs are caught cold once again

Auction: Bunny boy with a sharp eye for the Gothic

Their reputation for frippery and foppery is unchallenged. Their collection of antiques and memorabilia which is auctioned today is eclectic, to say the least. And, says Robin Dutt, there is a dark, even gothic side to the oddities amassed by the 20th century's most inveterate collectors, the Roger brothers.

The royal hunt of the son

When Prince Edward set up his TV production company in 1993, he said it would not produce endless Royal programmes. A pounds 1.2m loss seems to have helped him change his mind Prince Edward's production company aims to turn back losses of pounds 1.2m by cashing in on its greatest asset

How prince won royal film deal

Prince Edward's television company won the battle to make a film about the restoration of Windsor Castle thanks to a heavy subsidy from officials working on behalf of the Queen.

Royal employees spent pounds 1m decorating own apartments

Two senior royal employees have spent more than pounds 1m on refurbishing their Kensington Palace apartments, according to evidence given to MPs. Fran Abrams, Political Correspondent, says the Public Accounts Committee will call for a curb on public subsidies of accommodation inside the Royal Palaces.

Just bring us the pieces, ma'am

The royal restorers, Plowden and Smith, relish a challenge, whether it's a shattered chandelier from Windsor Castle or a chocolate sculpture suffering from mould. John Windsor visited their workshop in Wandsworth.

Nothing to lath about

DOCTOR ON THE HOUSE; It was an intricate plastering job, lovingly done by a professional. But the amateurs thought they knew better, writes Jeff Howell

Royal Family advised to give up the Palace

Long-term plans to turn Buckingham Palace over to the nation are being discussed in some Royal circles.

Racing: Patriarch rules for Eddery

Pat Eddery reached a rare landmark with impeccable timing here yesterday as Silver Patriarch gave him the 4,000th domestic winner of his career in the 221st running of the St Leger. The ovation for the 45- year-old Irishman and the grey colt, made favourite after Stowaway's 11th- hour defection, arose as the pair joined battle with the French challenger Vertical Speed two furlongs out and reached noise levels that may well have been illegal as they strode three lengths clear inside the final furlong.

Cyzer's Classic dream begins with Bedtime

ST LEGER MEETING: The winner of the Park Hill Stakes continues Roberts' renaissance and may turn out again on Saturday

Racing: Strong Papin party

Six British-trained juveniles are among the 11 acceptors for the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte on Saturday. The Group Two event, the most important race for two-year-olds run in France so far this season, has attracted Clive Brittain's Greenlander, Mark Johnston's Atlantic Viking, Brian Meehan's Dernier Croise, Paul Cole's Bodyguard, Godolphin's Asfurah and Simon Dow's Aurigny.

Racing: Castle collects for Cole

It was a case of Cole's to Newcastle in the Northumberland Plate yesterday, where, in atrocious conditions, Windsor Castle, trained by Paul Cole, became only the third three-year-old this century to take the valuable two-mile handicap after he and Sweetness Herself fought out a finish that was a testament to the gallantry of the thoroughbred.

Top Cees primed to crack the Plate

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