Peter Hunt, Diplomatic and royal correspondent

Peter Hunt Diplomatic and royal correspondent

This is where you can come for my take on the latest news about the royal family and other stories from home and abroad

Prince Charles as king: What type of monarch will he be?

  • 20 November 2014
  • From the section UK
Prince Charles

When Prince Charles accedes to the throne, reports say he will make "heartfelt interventions" in national life, a contrast to his mother's "taciturn discretion on public affairs". What will Charles III be like as king?

Not so long ago, there was a new buzz word in royal circles. Transition. Tentatively, without fanfare, plans were put in place so that Prince Charles could take on more of his octogenarian mother's workload.

The prince, who's waited a lifetime to fulfil his destiny, had a taste of his future when he represented the Queen at last year's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka. And three separate royal press offices were brought together under one (large) roof at Buckingham Palace. The aim was for royal communications to sing from one regal hymn sheet in preparation for when a new reign began.

They're no longer together. It was a short-lived experiment. Those who craft Charles's image are back at his London residence, Clarence House, focusing just on his needs. The word transition doesn't slip as easily off royal tongues anymore.

His desire to have his people close at hand shows a man, of pensionable age, who's still very focused on what he can do now as heir to the throne.

'Convening power''

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Minutes of silence to mark 100 years

  • 11 November 2014
  • From the section UK
Silence at the Tower of London

In a capital city with an energetic - at times frenzied - pace, there is a quality that can be in short supply.

Silence.

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Pregnant Duchess of Cambridge reappears in public

  • 21 October 2014
  • From the section UK
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in London on 21 October 2014

On a blustery but dry Horse Guards were two couples who represent the present and the future of an ancient institution.

For the Queen, this was the 108th time she's welcomed a visiting head of state. She's greeted presidents, monarchs and a grand duke.

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Prince William trying to set boundaries for family life

  • 3 October 2014
  • From the section UK
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George

Not for the first time, this is Prince William attempting to define what constitutes his family's private life as he struggles - in the face of intense global media interest - to carve out as near as normal an existence as he can for his toddler son, who will one day be king.

In doing so, he's picked a very public fight with a photographer, Niraj Tanna, who is keen and determined to stand his ground.

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Prince William starts Malta trip without pregnant Kate

  • 20 September 2014
  • From the section UK
Prince William

This weekend was meant to have marked the next stage in the Duchess of Cambridge's on the job royal training - a solo visit abroad.

But the subtle shift in what she does will have to wait as a pregnant Kate continues to suffer, for a second time, from very acute morning sickness.

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Much excitement but less constitutional weight

  • 8 September 2014
  • From the section UK
Media crews at Kensington Palace

For a second time, William and Kate have been forced to announce a pregnancy before the duchess passed the significant 12-week milestone.

For a second time it's because Kate is suffering from an acute form of morning sickness - though this time she's being treated behind palace walls and not at a private hospital with representatives of the world's media gathered outside.

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Prince William's new career for the air ambulance

  • 7 August 2014
  • From the section UK

For a second time in his life, the man who will be king will take on a role on merit and not because he has inherited it.

It will, according to one of those close to him, give Prince William a renewed sense of purpose.

Read full article Prince William's new career for the air ambulance

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Prince Charles launches youth volunteering campaign

  • 21 November 2013
  • From the section UK

This was a glimpse of how Prince Charles may reign when he becomes king. The setting was Buckingham Palace, his future home. He had, in the words of his office, "convened the leaders of Britain". Such an action is unlikely to be a one-off.

The prince has made it clear that he plans to operate in a different way from the Queen when he accedes to the throne. A man who has spoken out on so many issues, for so many years, will not fall silent when destiny dawns.

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Prince George christened at Chapel Royal

  • 23 October 2013
  • From the section UK

For three royals who represent the future of the British monarchy - and who will increasingly live much of their lives on a very public stage - this was a private and intimate affair.

Before it began, there was an opportunity to see Prince George for only the second time in his brief life.

Read full article Prince George christened at Chapel Royal

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About Peter

Peter has worked for more than 20 years as a BBC correspondent. He has covered the royals; politics; the evolving Northern Ireland peace process; and major events at home and abroad.

He conducted Prince William's first ever broadcast interview; and Prince Harry's first radio interview.

Peter worked in the US during the Presidential Elections and in Qatar during the Iraq War. He has also reported from Moscow, Croatia, South Africa, Kuwait and Hong Kong at the time of the 1997 Handover.

He has reported in the Iraq Inquiry; the Diana Inquest; the Golden Jubilee; the Seventh of July Inquests; and several General Election campaigns.

Peter grew up in Essex and graduated from the University of York. He joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1988.

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