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Have you just done a double take? Well, it’s hardly surprising. For this glamorous portrait isn’t of a (slightly younger) Queen Elizabeth II but of Four Weddings And A Funeral and The English Patient actress Kristin Scott Thomas, who will play Her...
The White Queen
Devotees of Sky Atlantic’s Game Of Thrones will feel a certain sense of déja vu as they settle down to watch The White Queen (BBC One, Sunday at 9pm). That’s no great surprise. George RR Martin has often said that his fiercely fruity fantasy fable is...
Into the Queen’s own Eden
There is an enchanting cameo just after the opening credits of The Queen’s Garden that has incongruous echoes of a country farmyard. A waddling mallard, which has just hatched six fluffy ducklings, is leading her quacking brood from their lakeside home...
Queen Anne
Poor overlooked, underrated Queen Anne. History has shrunk her and her reign (1702-1714) to little more than a description of an exquisitely elegant, gracious 18th-century house, which, aside from the 18th-century bit, is no reflection on the woman...
YOUR HEALTH Dr James Le Fanu: 25 May
Every year our Queen dispatches more than 2,000 congratulatory telegrams to centenarians, a 10-fold increase on the 200 when she first ascended the throne – reflecting the astonishing increase in life expectancy during the 60 years of her reign. The...
The Daily: September 24
Britain's oldest mummies made up of the remains of several people When two 3,000 year old mummies were found perfectly preserved in the Outer Hebrides they became the key to unlocking how ancient Britons preserved and buried their dead. However today...
Book reviews: 22 June
OUT NOW HOW THE QUEEN CAN MAKE YOU HAPPY by Mary Killen (Elliott & Thompson, £8.99) If you can't live like a queen, you can at least live like the Queen, argues Mary Killen in this intriguing small book. Killen, who writes the much-loved Her Indoors...
Pearly Queen
When she’s about to thread a button, Ann Carrington likes to put on a balaclava, fingerless gloves and a pair of salopettes. And she advises all those around her to do the same. It can get nippy on the north Kent coast, but as she pragmatically points...
The Teen Queen Rules Supreme
What were you up to when you were 18? In Victoria (Sunday, ITV, 9pm) we first see one woman that age, back in 1837, still playing with her dolls – so overnight becoming the monarch of the most powerful empire on the planet leaves her with a lot of...
Queen & Country
What to wear at county shows, horse trials and rural retreats? Be inspired by the Queen of country style.
The Royals at Ascot
It is a sight that, once seen, is not often forgotten: Her Britannic Majesty and invited guests gliding down an expanse of freshly sodden race turf on a clear June day, to the sound of state trumpeters and view of four open landau carriages. Always...
The Queen's £5m pay rise
The Queen's annual pay is set to jump by 20 percent to £36m. The Sovereign Grant, which replaces the Civil List and other grants, has been set at £36.1m for the 2013-14 financial year, up from £31m allocated during the previous 12 months. Used mainly...
Cashmere Queen
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Royal Favourite
Osborne House, at East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, was built as a holiday home for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It was, the Queen said, ‘impossible to imagine a prettier spot’. Queen Victoria’s bedroom The original house, which the royal couple...
VE Day – 8 May 1945 – was a Tuesday. On the previous Sunday, the King and Queen had returned from Windsor to Buckingham Palace. The following morning, amid mounting tension and excitement, Princess Elizabeth, later the Queen, visited the Grenadier...
The Lady Guide to Modern Manners: 12 December
Dear Thomas, I’m convinced – though I couldn’t tell you why – that this year I’m going to get an unexpected visitor for Christmas. What shall I do? Alison Nicholson, Cheltenham Dear Alison, What if it’s the Queen? You’re quite right, though – we think...
Diamonds and pearls (and a giant punch bowl)
There is a LOT of bling in the Jewel House at the Tower of London. A lot. On Queen Victoria’s small crown there are 1,000 diamonds. The Crown of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother has 2,800 diamonds. Oh and the Imperial State Crown (pictured)? That’s got...
The Daily: March 13
Queen Forced To Cancel More Public Engagements Following her recent stay in hospital, it seems the Queen is still recovering from her recent illness of gastroenteritis. It was announced that instead the Queen will carry out her official duties from...
The Daily: November 5
Downtown Abbey Roundup Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens who plays the handsome Matthew Crawley has sparked rumours of leaving the show for the next season. The actor explains "I suppose I do slightly miss the sense of an ending, we get two scripts at a...
The Daily: August 7
Dormant volcano erupts Mount Tongariro in New Zealand has finally erupted after lying dormant for 115 years. Although no serious damage or causalities are reported, flights have been disrupted and surrounding roads have been closed off due to poor...

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