The Royal Family interrupted their traditional Christmas Day schedule yesterday to visit the Duke of Edinburgh in hospital as he recovered from emergency heart surgery.
Mike Tindall, whose drunken antics during the early stages of the recent World Cup in New Zealand were a significant factor in the collapse of the England campaign, was last night reinstated to the elite squad by the Rugby Football Union's outgoing chief executive Martyn Thomas, whose decision will be widely seen as the latest blow struck in Twickenham's increasingly destructive committee-room conflict. The England centre also finds himself £10,000 better off, having had a £25,000 fine cut by two-fifths on appeal.
There was breeze aplenty in the Solent as the main prize of the day, the New York Yacht Club Challenge Cup went to Robert Condon and Simon Shaw’s Ker 40 Marinetti and Niklas Zennström’s 72-foot Rán again got the better the American George David’s 100-foor Rambler on handicap.
Yesterday's nuptials between Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall broke the mould
England's manager has come to relish the extremes of role and wants to remain in situ long term
Talk of a serious World Cup challenge later this year seem nothing more than wild optimism
England's wholehearted captain is important to his team not just for the calibre of support he pulls in
Scottish painter Jack Vettriano has never quite earned the respect of the critical establishment, despite being one of the country's most (financially) successful artists.
England rugby player Mike Tindall's sentencing for drink driving was adjourned today after legal complications.
England rugby player Mike Tindall pleaded guilty today to drink-driving.
Britain's Olympic prospects, which have been diminished recently by injuries to key athletes such as Paula Radcliffe and Jessica Ennis, took another turn for the worse yesterday when it was announced that Zara Phillips, the eventing world champion, will miss the Beijing Games because of an injury to her horse, Toytown.