Service held to mark 60 years since coronation
Noon update: Well, that brings todays event to a close. The young royals are doing a bit of hanging out in the sunshine, but The Queen and Philip have hightailed it back to the palace. Hope Philip's OK.
11:44 Update: All the focus should be on the Queen at today's ceremony, but it's hard to keep one's attention off Prince Philip. Put simply, the 91-year-old consort of the monarch is not looking well.
He pulled out of a palace reception with the Queen at the last minute last night after falling unwell. No details of his illness were given.
One senior source told The London Evening Standard: “He was feeling under the weather last night and didn’t want to take any chances.
Even the hardest-working princesses need nesting time
Maternity leave is something princesses need too, as you can't exactly be forced to keep up the arduous business of cutting ribbons in your tenth month. And imagine if your waters broke as you visited a children's charity? It just wouldn't do.
Kate arrives for an official visit to Naomi House near Winchester, England on April 29, 2013. (Alastair Grant/AP)
Kate, 31, has one final engagement on June 13 before she disappears from public view, increasing speculation that her due date is July 13.
The Royal Marines Band and the pipers of the Irish Guards will perform as she christens Princess Cruises’ 3,600-passenger Royal Princess in Southampton before taking maternity leave, according to a report in yesterday's Sunday Mirror.
Muslim convert walks into police station and says he wants to kill Harry
A man has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Prince Harry, police confirmed over the weekend.
Ashraf Islam, a 30-year-old homeless man who converted to Islam after a spell in prison which also saw him change his name from Mark Townley, was arrested after walking into a London police station where he allegedly threatened to kill the Prince, the day after Drummer Lee Rigby was hacked to death on the streets of Woolwich.
Mr Islam, of no fixed abode, was charged under Section 16 of the Offences Against the Person Act. He pleaded guilty at Uxbridge Magistrates Court and is due to be sentenced.
Counter-terrorism officers launched an inquiry following the incident at Hounslow police station in south-west London but did not charge Mr Islam with terrorism offences, the Metropolitan Police said.
Monarch chose not to publicly acknowledge killing
The Queen fulfilled a long-standing engagement to visit Woolwich Barracks, near the site of last week's shocking murder of a British soldier, but the Monarch chose to avoid controversy by not publicly mentioning the killing or stopping to view the wall of flowers which have been left in tribute to soldier Lee Rigby.
Queen Elizabeth II is greeted by crowds of wellwishers as she arrives in Woolwich (CHRIS HARRIS / AFP / Getty Images)
The palace did, however, let it be known that she would be meeting privately with soldiers who responded to the attack and those who worked with Drummer Rigby.
The Queen wore a pale green dress with a matching coat and was greeted by cheering crowds waving union jacks.
Artist Jeremy Deller agrees to remove banner to avoid endangering British troops
Correction: A rep for the artist has contacted the Royalist to make the following point:
"The decision to remove the banner was made over two months before, and so it never made it to Venice."
My orignal story....
A banner at the Venice Biennale reading, "Prince Harry Kills Me" has been removed on the grounds it could act as a provocation for attacks on British servicemen. The banner was part of artist Jeremy Deller's work at the British pavilion and has been removed at the request of the British Council.
Pippa has set up a limited company, called PXM
Her book telling us how to Celebrate may have been panned, but the work is still rolling in for Pippa Middleton (she was recently hired to write a high-profile food column for the supermarket Waitrose). So no surprise that the sister of the future Queen of England has quietly set up her first company this week, using the same firm of accountants as celebrities including Kate Bush and Simon Cowell.
Dominic Lipinski / WPA Pool / Getty Images
According to a (paywalled) report in The Times this morning, Pippa is named as sole director and shareholder of PXM Enterprises, a limited company with a London address.
It is possible that the company has been created as part of plans by the Middleton family to extend its party supplies business, Party Pieces, into America, with recent talk of a new HQ in New York. According to a report this week, the business is booming in America.
Harry chatted to the Stereophonics at the dinner, which was rasing funds for Polar expedition
Charming Prince Harry slipped into his tux for a dinner tonight in support of Walking With The Wounded's race to the South Pole. Harry will be joining the British team, and competing against teams of wounded warriors from the USA and the Commonwealth.
Prince Harry, Patron of the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge, speaks with Duncan Slater (L) and Guy Disney at the Walking With The Wounded Crystal Ball Gala Dinner (Ian Vogler / WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Harry grinned with some of his fellow polar explorers before the event, which featured entertainment from Ellie Goulding and The Stereophonics, who looked starstruck when the met the young royal.
Harry, 28, has made support for the military, veterans and the wounded a key theme of his royal patronage. His tour to the US revolved around the Warrior Games for wounded servicemen.
Paper of record leaps to defence of Harry's girl
A wonderful counterblast in The Times today to yesterday's extraordinary hatchet job on Cressida Bonas in the Mail. Stefanie Marsh writes brilliantly about Cressida, describing her as an old-school Sloane who "is part of a sliver of society that does not need to care what the rest of us think," and suggests that her failure to be middle-class like Kate is what some unnamed people may not like about her.
Marsh also has a nice verbal snapshot of the Royal family in the 90s: "The Royal Family was fairly unpopular too. You had Fergie having her toes sucked, Andrew being a moron. You had a neurotic, ballsy Princess of Wales doing very unaristocratic things such as touching people dying of Aids and caring what happened to the victims of landmines. You had her heartless husband, his mistress always loitering in the background."
A distinctly second-class effort
Why does everyone have to paint the Queen looking as horrible as possible? Is it part of the job description to render Her Majesty looking as if she has been subjected to a particularly nasty bout of poisoning, a la Victor Yushchenko? Or is this simply yet another attempt by the artist to get past the cloak of royalty?
Royal Mail commemorative stamps bearing portraits of the Queen include ones by Pietro Annigoni (1954), left, and a new one marking the 60th anniversary of the Coronation, by Nicky Philipps, at right. (Images provided by Royal Mail)
The latest effort is by artist Nicky Phipps - who actually previously painted one of the few visually pleasing pictures of William and Harry - and is one of a book of six stamps being issued by the Royal Mail in the UK to celebrate 60 years since the Queen was crowned.
The collection of commemorative Royal Mail stamps dedicated to the Queen. (Images provided by Royal Mail)
William had a close shave at yesterday's match
William was playing polo yesterday - and nearly had a nasty fall.
William plays polo in 2012 (Anwar Hussein / Wire Image / Getty Images)
The heir to the throne was competing in the Audi challenge in Chester yesterday and nearly came a cropper when attempting to play a particularly tight ball.
He had to use his mallet to push himself back on board his polo pony, according to a report in today's Daily Express.
UK paper launches offensive against Cressida for wearing bunny ears
The Daily Mail this morning slips a knife between the ribs of Harry's new girlfriend Cressida Bonas, painting a picture of her as a wild party girl "quite resistant to full clothing" who is given to "glugging booze, groping half-naked men" and kissing her friends.
Cressida Bonas (Dave M. Benett / Getty Images)
The Mail questions whehter this means she is destined to be "the new Fergie" - by which they presumably mean a chronic source of embarrasment to the Royal family for years to come.
In a masterpiece of inferral, the paper then lays responsibilty for the Harry / Cressida hook-up at the feet of Fergie and then goes on to question whether it's all basically a plot by Fergie to winkle her way back in to the Royal family's inner circle, saying that "Fergie is centre stage in this Royal romance" because "she is a friend of Cressida’s mother, Lady Mary Gaye Curzon, and Princess Eugenie introduced the couple ... Is this her way of pitching herself, and her daughters, back into the centre stage of the Royal Family?"
Camilla, in Paris, shows Kate she is not the only one who cares about fashion as she drops into Dior
Camilla usually looks most at home in the type of waxy, green clothing bought at agricultural shows and worn while feeding horses, but she showed her interest in fashion today on her get-ready-for-me-to-be-Queen tour of Paris, stopping in at the Dior atelier for a tête a tête with creative director Raf Simons.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall meets designer Raf Simmons. (Pool photo by Chris Jackson)
Camilla was given a personal tour of Dior-world by Christian Dior CEO Sidney Toledano before being shown the haute couture atelier where Simons's visions are painstakingly stitched together by teams of artisan laborers.
Pool photo by Chris Jackson
New York paper reports Middletons eying NYC
Pippa Middleton's party-planning book was better received in America than back home in the UK, and now the family business could be coming to America too.
Michael and Carole Middleton are planning to expand their Party Pieces website to the US and are thinking about setting up shop in New York, according to the New York Daily News.
Michael and Carole Middleton (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)
"Party Pieces overseas business has been extraordinary with America dominating much of the interest. It has prompted the Middletons to look at establishing an office in the U.S. so that they can bolster their brand and even tie into other companies and ventures. They feel New York offers them a good starting point," a source told the paper.
Kate to attend ceremony next Tuesday, which could be her final public appearance before birth of baby
Kate has nothing else in the diary, so speculation is mounting that when she joins all the other Royals to attend a service to celebrate sixty years since the Queen was crowned next Tuesday, it may be the last time we see her in public until the baby is born.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be joined at Westminster Abbey by all senior members of the Royal Family for a service marking the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation in 1953.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are seen through the window of the royal carriage as they arrive, 02 June 1953 for the coronation at Westminster Abbey in London 60 years ago. (STF / AFP / Getty Images)
Atendees so far confirmed include: Charles and Camilla, William and Kate, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and Princess Anne.
Naughty uncle appears to confirm rumors
Kate's naughty uncle Gary Goldsmith is the subject of a boozy interview in the Telegraph this morning, and the intrepid reporter assigned to drink two bottles of Champagne with him paints a vivid picture of the lovable rascal.
Gary Goldsmith (Danny Martindale / Getty Images)
He is coy when it comes to newsworthy revelations, saying he is launching an effort to rebrand himself so his daughter can bring up some positive results when she googles him, but he does appear to confirm rumors that Its Royal Babyness will spend the first six weeks of its life at the home of Kate’s mum, Carole, when he says, “The fact that they’re taking the baby to Carole’s for the first six weeks is genius. Carole’s a brilliant mum – she is 10 years older than me and practised on me – and I think it’s the right thing to do. It will take the pressure off Kate.”
Confirmation, were any needed, that Kate intends for this baby to be brought up in a very different tradition from previous royal sprogs.
Prince Harry’s girlfriend is the opposite of Kate Middleton in every way. Tom Sykes examines the evidence: a pair of Doc Martens, some dungarees, and that infamous scrunchie.