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.

After stints in the RAF and the air ambulance, his days as a pilot are coming to an end.

He will miss them. He's spoken of how he's loved working in a team. Something, he said, "his other job" didn't necessarily offer.

The prince is the only senior royal to have a deep understanding of the National Health Service the majority of the population experience.

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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
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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
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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
Duke of York Image copyright Getty Images

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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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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