Jubilee is a moment for contemplation

  • 6 February 2017
  • From the section UK
The Queen Image copyright PA
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.

Today, after 23,742 days on the throne, it's the start of the first Sapphire Jubilee in British history.

For the Queen, it's a moment for contemplation rather than celebration - as it is also the anniversary of her father's death.

The woman who became Queen in 1952, when butter was still rationed in those post-war years, continues to reign, 65 years on, in a country now fashioning its future outside of the EU.

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Image caption British photographer David Bailey took this portrait of the Queen, reissued for her Sapphire Jubilee

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Princess Diana memorial statue 'a long time coming'

  • 28 January 2017
  • From the section UK
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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
  • From the section UK
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
  • From the section UK
Members of the Royal Family at church on Christmas Day Image copyright AP
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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Queen ready to take part in royal festivities

  • 22 December 2016
  • From the section UK
Prince Philip and the Queen Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
Image caption Loyal crowds will be waiting for their visit to church on Christmas Day

When it comes to ill-health, the royals and their advisers don't disseminate too much detail.

The head of state and her husband, they argue, are entitled to the same privacy as any other individual.

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Queen steps down from charity roles to lighten her workload

  • 20 December 2016
  • From the section UK
The Queen and Berkhamsted School Principle, Richard Backhouse watching a performance of The Lion King during her visit to Berkhamsted School on May 6, 2016 Image copyright AFP/Getty
Image caption Many educational organisations - like Berkhamsted School - have the Queen as patron

This is an acknowledgement of advancing age.

Palace officials are characterising it as a gradual lightening of the Queen's load and such lightening has been going on for some time, with no fanfare.

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Photo shows House of Windsor's future secure

  • 18 December 2016
  • From the section UK
Official 90th birthday portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales Image copyright 2016 Nick Knight
Image caption In the photo, Prince Charles appears to smile at the Queen, who looks directly at the camera

The most arresting images can be the ones that leave you wanting to know more.

In this instance, what was the wisecrack uttered by the son that made the mother want to laugh as the camera captured them together?

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Why Andrew took to Twitter to defend daughters

  • 9 December 2016
  • From the section Home
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Once, personal royal statements were vanishingly rare.

Not anymore.

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The Queen has lost an honest and close companion

  • 27 November 2016
  • From the section UK
Magaret Rhodes and the Queen Image copyright PA
Image caption The Queen and her cousin used to play as children

Margaret Rhodes was a delight to interview. She was direct and honest - perhaps too direct and too honest for the more sensitive souls who reside at royal palaces.

At the height of the hype generated before Prince George was born, CNN's Christiane Amanpour asked her if she was excited.

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Will Prince Harry's appeal to media fall on deaf ears?

  • 8 November 2016
  • From the section UK
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Image copyright AFP

This is a cri de coeur from a prince whose view of the media was formed after his mother died in a car crash as paparazzi photographers were pursuing her.

Prince Harry has long argued that the line between his public and his personal life has become almost non-existent.

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