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.

"Not really," came the reply. "Everybody has babies."

Margaret Rhodes was close to the Queen. She once told me that when they were very small, they occupied their time playing at being horses.

"We were circus horses or riding ponies or anything you like," she said. "But it involved a lot of neighing and cantering and galloping."

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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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Queen lobbies for Prince Charles to be Commonwealth head

  • 10 October 2016
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles attend an event in Scotland in September. Image copyright Getty Images

The Queen has been working in private to ensure the Prince of Wales succeeds her as head of the Commonwealth, it has emerged.

It is a responsibility she says she has cherished - but it is not a responsibility that her son and heir will inherit automatically.

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Canadian hosts appear happy with royal future

  • 1 October 2016
  • From the section UK
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Canada in what is their first official royal trip as a family of four Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The appearance of Prince George and Princess Charlotte on the trip has helped bolster the Cambridges' appeal

For eight days, an important aspect of Canada's future has been on display.

It's a future the majority of Canadians appear happy to embrace, for now.

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'Considerable power' to family portrait

  • 29 September 2016
  • From the section UK
The Cambridges play together in Canada Image copyright Reuters

Those who chronicle the lives of the Cambridges now know that balloons are the way to a 16-month-old princess's heart and Charlotte's first public utterance was to use the word "pop".

And for toddler George there was much fun to be had squirting bubbles at his father - even if he is a future king of Canada and the UK.

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Rare chance to see Cambridges as a family of four

  • 25 September 2016
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The duke and duchess with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte Image copyright Getty Images

This was a still rare chance to see the Cambridges as a family of four.

Prince William and his wife continue to shield their children from the spotlight.

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Duke's embrace of diverse society echoes Diana's work

  • 15 June 2016
  • From the section UK
Princess Diana with an HIV positive child in Brazil in 1991 Image copyright AP

The photograph of a smiling prince on the cover of a gay magazine is a sign of William's willingness to embrace the diverse nature of British society. It's also a reminder that the monarchy is an institution that can evolve.

In the late 1980s, Diana, Princess of Wales, would visit people who had Aids or leprosy. Her former bodyguard, Ken Wharfe, told the Diana inquest that the Queen had asked why the princess didn't get involved "with something more pleasant".

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Image of the monarchy's present and future

  • 12 June 2016
  • From the section UK
The Queen Image copyright AFP
Image caption Adjustments will be made to the Queen's schedule, but she will remain active as the head of state

A carnival parade, a picnic and a prince.

William was on The Mall to praise the woman who was the focus of this celebration.

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Relaxed Sunday for Queen after Royal Birthday pageantry

  • 12 June 2016
  • From the section UK
Queen Image copyright PA

After the service at St Paul's on Friday and the pageantry of Trooping the Colour, the Patron's Lunch is being described as a more relaxed, informal affair.

It will be a unique event which will bring together senior royals, corporate sponsors and 10,000 picnickers seated at tables along the Mall's ceremonial route.

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Unmissable monarch at Trooping the Colour

  • 11 June 2016
  • From the section UK
Queen and other royals on Buckingham Palace balcony Image copyright Reuters

This was an unmissable monarch - wearing, as she was, a vibrant, lime green coat - at an annual occasion she's never missed - an occasion where the dominant colour is usually the scarlet of the ceremonial soldiers' tunics.

The guardsmen performing for their colonel in chief on the parade ground were fighting soldiers.

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