No media frenzy as royals plea for privacy

  • 7 September 2017
  • From the section UK
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When Prince George enters the school building, at the start of his first day, the moment will be captured by one photographer and one camera crew.

When his father made a similar journey, to a different school, three decades ago, many more members of the media were present to record a fresh developmental stage in the life of a future king.

Prince William remembers and doesn't want history to repeat itself.

George's schooling will be the latest test of the Cambridges' wary relationship with the press. They expect reporters to respect the privacy of their son and his classmates.

Attending school is a relatively new phenomenon for the House of Windsor.

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Three Cambridge siblings will shape future of monarchy

  • 4 September 2017
  • From the section UK
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Image caption The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child

Once again Prince William and his wife - who are very focused on being in control - have been thwarted.

And once again, it's due to circumstances outside their control.

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How has Princess Diana's death changed the Royal Family?

  • 31 August 2017
  • From the section UK
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Image caption Diana, Princess of Wales was one of the most photographed women in the world

The death of Princess Diana in 1997, and the public's response to it, shook the House of Windsor.

Twenty years on, there's been a coup at the palace. It was bloodless. All the royals remain standing. But the power has shifted.

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Prince William ready to be full-time royal

  • 27 July 2017
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As a prince and as a future king, William has worn and will wear plenty of uniforms.

But the flight suit he'll hang up after his last shift has particular significance.

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Royal trip to 'show strength of EU ties'

  • 17 July 2017
  • From the section UK
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For Prince George and Princess Charlotte such trips are a novelty but, as the future of the British monarchy, they'll one day become a way of life.

For their parents, the visit to Poland and then to Germany will inevitably be viewed in the context of Brexit.

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Princes William and Harry take control of Diana memory

  • 1 July 2017
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Image caption William and Harry were the focus of media attention at their mother's funeral in 1997

This is the start of a difficult few months for Prince William and Prince Harry as they remember their mother, who they say smothered them in love.

They were traumatised children when she died.

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Questions over royals and taxpayers' money

  • 27 June 2017
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For decades, royals and their use of taxpayers' money have had the potential to be a toxic combination.

This latest increase in funding - the Sovereign Grant will have risen from £31m to £82m over six years - has been made public at a time of continued pay restraint in the public sector and when there is a focus, after the Grenfell Tower fire, on the divide between rich and poor.

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Prince Harry interview expected to 'raise eyebrows'

  • 22 June 2017
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This is an interview that will generate some sympathy - a prince still struggling with the death of his mother - and raise some eyebrows.

Such a reaction will be prompted by Harry's suggestion that the Windsors aren't exactly falling over each other to fill what his mother once called "the top job", when it becomes vacant.

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Prince Philip statement by Buckingham Palace 'designed to reassure'

  • 21 June 2017
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Image caption Prince Philip was Ascot on Tuesday

The palace statement about Prince Philip's health has been designed to reassure.

This is a 96-year-old who is reported to be in "good spirits" and who is in hospital as a "precautionary measure".

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London fire: Queen's message a 'rallying call for unity'

  • 17 June 2017
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Image caption The queen visited those affected by the fire on Friday

In a long reign, the Queen has issued countless statements. They can sometimes be formulaic and lack the ability to resonate.

This is not one of them.

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