Prince William work-shy claims 'not unfamiliar terrain'

  • 16 March 2017
  • From the section UK
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a Service of Commemoration on Horse Guards Parade on March 9, 2017 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a service of commemoration earlier this month

This is not unfamiliar terrain for Prince William or indeed for his family.

To be found wanting in the eyes of the tabloids is an occupational hazard that has dogged them for decades.

When the prince decided to ski with his mates rather than leave early and attend a church service that mattered to his grandmother, he could have predicted that he would be judged to have made an error of judgement.

It was an error that he can regret at leisure.

But what he couldn't necessarily have predicted was that he would have remained headline news for so long.

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Palace prepares to welcome the builders

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At a time of austerity, this significant increase in the money given to the royals has attracted little public criticism and minimal parliamentary scrutiny.

It was very different in the 1990s when the government suggested spending taxpayers' money on repairs to Windsor Castle after it was damaged by fire.

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Commitment to Commonwealth 'unwavering'

  • 13 March 2017
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As she stood on the makeshift stage in the Buckingham Palace forecourt, the Queen might have been tempted to reflect on one of the benefits of longevity.

Her commitment to the Commonwealth has been unwavering; that of her ministers, in the past, less so.

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Do you have what it takes to work for the Duchess?

  • 8 March 2017
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Duchess of Cambridge and Rebecca Deacon in 2016 Image copyright PA
Image caption The Duchess's private secretary Rebecca Deacon will be standing down in the summer

Conversations with headhunters will take place soon.

However, anyone who lets slip they might be in the running to be the Duchess's private secretary will not end up sitting behind an antique desk at Kensington Palace.

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Peter Phillips' company was paid £750,000 for Queen's party

  • 6 March 2017
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Peter Phillips and the Queen at the Patron's Lunch Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Peter Phillips with the Queen at the Patron's Lunch last June

A company run by the Queen's grandson, Peter Phillips, was paid £750,000 for organising an event last year to celebrate the monarch's 90th birthday.

The Patron's Lunch - held in June on The Mall - was a street party for the 600 charities and other organisations that have the Queen as Patron.

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Royals to fly the flag amid Brexit talks

  • 3 March 2017
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It is striking that the Foreign Office has asked Prince William and his wife to make an make an official visit to Poland and Germany.

It will take place four months into the negotiations that will lead to the UK leaving the EU.

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Jubilee is a moment for contemplation

  • 6 February 2017
  • From the section UK
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Image caption The Sapphire Jubilee is yet another milestone for the monarch

Longevity for a hereditary head of state has brought many milestones.

Britain's longest reigning monarch - she overtook her great great grandmother, Victoria, in 2015 - has already commemorated her Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees.

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Princess Diana memorial statue 'a long time coming'

  • 28 January 2017
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This national monument to the wife of one future king and the mother of another has been a long time coming.

The Queen Mother statue was unveiled seven years after her death.

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William gives up pilot job to become full-time royal

  • 20 January 2017
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Prince William piloting an air ambulance Image copyright Olivia Howitt
Image caption Prince William will have spent two years as an East Anglian Air Ambulance pilot when he leaves in the summer

This will not have been an easy decision for Prince William to make.

For a second time, he's giving up a role he didn't inherit, but gained on merit.

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'Voluntary prisoner' Queen misses church again

  • 1 January 2017
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Image caption Senior royals were at church on Christmas Day - but the Queen stayed at home

For a second time, during the holiday season, senior royals have attended church.

For a second time, the Queen has been a notable absentee.

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