Princess Charlotte set for royal christening

  • 5 July 2015
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Princess Charlotte

In the presence of her great-grandmother and, as things stand, three future kings - Charles, William and George - Princess Charlotte will be baptised using a font from Victoria's reign and with water from the River Jordan.

The Church of Saint Mary Magdalene is where the royals usually gather on Christmas Day and where Charlotte's late grandmother — Diana, Princess of Wales — was christened.

It's been chosen because it is close to Anmer Hall, William and Kate's second home. This Norfolk retreat is where they intend to bring up their family.

In the congregation, witnessing the start of the nine week old baby's spiritual journey, will be members of her family and close friends of her parents.

Babies, royal or otherwise, react differently to this moment of celebration.

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Sombre end to Queen's German visit

  • 26 June 2015
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The Queen laid a wreath at the memorial at the former Nazi concentration camp in Bergen-Belsen

This was a Queen who lived through World War Two as a teenager, coming to learn, first-hand, about some of the very worst excesses of a former enemy.

With Prince Philip she passed the mounds that mark where the mass graves are.

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Queen's Bergen-Belsen visit underlines reconciliation

  • 26 June 2015
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The Queen with German President Joachim Gauck

When the Queen was a teenager, British soldiers - who'd sworn allegiance to her father - were at war with Germany.

Now, as an octogenarian head of state, she'll visit one of the gruesome reminders of that conflict.

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Was Queen's Germany speech pro-EU?

  • 25 June 2015
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Queen in Germany

Two heads of state - one elected, one hereditary - delivered two rather different speeches.

Germany's President Gauck had no difficulty echoing the position of his prime minister that they would assist Britain in order to keep her in Europe.

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Royal Household finances always cause a 'ripple'

  • 24 June 2015
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Buckingham Palace
The Queen could move out of Buckingham Palace to allow maintenance work costing £150m, officials say

It's the fantasy of many a royal official that their annual accounts will be published and cause barely a ripple.

The reality, once again this year, is very different.

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Queen's Germany visit is 270th trip to foreign soil

  • 23 June 2015
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The Queen and Prince Philip

The fighter jets from the German Luftwaffe, which escorted the Queen's plane as it came into land, honoured a visiting dignitary and the representative of a family with ties to the country.

Prince Philip's four sisters married German princes and during World War One, the House of Saxe Coburg Gotha was renamed the House of Windsor.

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Magna Carta anniversary: Celebrating the past

  • 15 June 2015
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Soldiers stand next to a Magna Carta memorial during an event marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in Runnymede

For a document credited with delivering so much, this was a brief celebration, limited to a few speeches and musical performances.

Where powerful rebellious barons and a king had once sealed the Magna Carta, sat a Queen whose powers and those of her many ancestors were limited by the 800-year-old text.

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First of rare glimpses of royal children

  • 6 June 2015
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Prince George and Princess Charlotte
The pictures were taken by the Duchess of Cambridge at the family's Norfolk home

The photographs provide a rare glimpse of, as things stand, the future of the British monarchy.

Such glimpses will remain reasonably rare as these royal children grow up.

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Prince Charles' letters will divide public opinion

  • 4 June 2015
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Prince Charles wrote about subjects as diverse as derelict historic buildings and poisonous weeds

A second set of letters. A second glimpse of the normally private exchanges between a prince and politicians.

The latest letters to be released - all written by the Prince of Wales to government ministers - provide an insight into Prince Charles' thinking and into how the recipients responded.

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Prince Charles' personal pilgrimage for adored relative

  • 20 May 2015
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Prince Charles in Mullaghmore
The Prince of Wales visited the coastal village of Mullaghmore in County Sligo

"I do wish I could come and see it," Prince Charles wrote to Lord Mountbatten about Classiebawn Castle - his godfather's County Sligo summer residence. "I know I would be captivated by it."

The letter was sent in 1979. In Mullaghmore this afternoon, the prince belatedly fulfilled that wish - and he also met some of the people who responded to the slaughter at sea more than three decades ago.

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