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

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MOULDING HISTORY

PERIOD FEATURES 4: PLASTERWORK; Cornices, friezes and ceiling roses were a feature of most Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian houses. Then, insensitive developers moved in. But quality restoration is available - and affordable - writes Lesley Gillilan

Miscellany: Poetic licence

A recent poll of Independent On Sunday readers indicated that if the monarchy were dissolved Tony Benn would be favourite choice for President. Jarvis Cocker came second with The Queen near the bottom of the list points above Mrs Thatcher.

Walesa granted private audience with the Queen

Despite turning down an invitation to lunch with the Queen, Poland's former President, Lech Walesa, has been granted a brief private audience during her three-day visit to Poland which begins today, writes Adrian Bridge.

LETTER:Royal Collection belongs to us

Sir: Jennifer Miller is quite mistaken in thinking that the few items on view in various places from the Royal Collection (Letters, 4 March) is in any way adequate; may I remind her that the vast majority of the "Royal" collection belongs to the state. We are the state. The whole collection should be available to everyone for viewing.

Letter: Queen's collection

From Mrs Jennifer Miller

Literature Royalty and Restraint Royal Society of Literature, London

'They're such a rare breed. And it is so alluring trying to understand the royal mindset'

Alert at Windsor Castle

Several locks are expected to be changed at Windsor Castle after three entry keys, and a policeman's uniform, were stolen from the car belonging to a Royal Protection Squad officer, writes Jason Bennetto.

Car thief steals keys to Windsor

Car thief steals keys to Windsor

OBITUARY : Tibor Reich

Tibor Reich was a highly articulate designer and manufacturer of printed and woven textiles. His business, Tibor Limited, flourished in Stratford-upon-Avon from the late 1940s until its closure in 1978.

Tales of the Vienna woods

The Austrians, A Thousand Year Odyssey by Gordon Brook-Shepherd, HarperCollins, pounds 25; From Charlemagne to Kurt Waldheim, the history of Austria is a nasty chronicle. By Edward Pearce

Balls are good training for princes

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Avian jewels in Asia's crown

At Christie's next week, 158 exquisite watercolours of Asian birds go on sale - the basis of a book that took 34 years to compile. Geraldine Norman on a unique scientific record

Leaked memo attacks funding decision

Crisis at Greenwich: Multi-million pound project could be scrapped without National Lottery Memorial Fund backing

Palace raises pounds 3m

Palace raises pounds 3m

Palace is 'poor value for money'

Buckingham Palace heads a list of Britain's top heritage sites condemned for offering shoddy service and poor value for money in a Consumers' Association report published today.
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