Thatcher respected the hunger strikers determination, new bio reveals, but publicly denounced them and refused to acced to their demands
Margaret Thatcher’s authorized biography – by Charles Moore, the former editor of the Daily Telegraph, in which publication the book is being serialised - was published days after her death, according to a long-standing plan.
Left: British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Right: North Ireland's Bobby Sands. (AP; AFP/Getty)
One of the most surprising revelations to come out of it is the personal respect that Mrs Thatcher had for her most implacable group of enemies – the IRA hunger strikers.
Bobby Sands and nine other IRA prisoners died on hunger strike, over demands that they be treated as political prisoners rather than common criminals and be allowed a raft of special privileges at the Maze prison in Northern Ireland where they were being held.
Cressida not ready to tie the knot, but Harry is keen, reports say
Prince Harry, 30, has made no secret of his desire to get married, telling interviewers twice in the past year that he is looking for that special someone to settle down with.
Now, it seems, he has settled on his new girlfriend Cressida Bonas as the girl to 'take on' the role of being his wife as he described it in one interview.
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Trouble is, Miss Bonas, 24, isn't quite so sure she has found her Prince Charming yet.
Harry went ahead with long-standing plans to attend London Marathon yesterday
Prince Harry paid tribute to the people of Boston yesterday as he presented medals to the winners of the London marathon, accompanied by Richard Branson of sponsors Virgin
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He told the BBC that missing the event was "was never an option as far as I was concerned," adding, "Certainly everyone that was planning on coming is still here, no one's changed any plans - the volunteers, the security, everyone is here, nothing's changed. It was always going to be really well run and it always is, typically the British way the London marathon has been running for years.
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Baker man dating Brit TV presenter
Just a few weeks ago, close friends of James Middleton, the amazing, baking brother of the future Queen Kate, were being authorised to tell reporters he wasn't gay.
Now, the heterosexual Mr Middleton is to put such idle gossip behind him once and for all with the news that he is dating British TV presenter Donna Air.
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The 33-year-old television presenter - who is seven years older than young James - is used to rolling in high society circles havign previously beene negaged to Damian Aspinall, the casino-owning son of the late zoo keeper John Aspinall, by whom she has a daughter, Freya.
Kate single-handedly hosted a traditional high-profile royal event yesterday - and her baby bump was a prominent part of the team
We got to see Kate looking really pregnant for the first time yesterday, when she did a meet and greet with boy scouts at Windsor Castle, standing in for the Queen who was celebrating her actual 87th birthday privately (her official birthday, in June, is the big ceremonial affair marked by the pomp-heavy ceremony known as the Trooping of The Colour).
Britain's Duchess of Cambridge meets scouts as she attends the National Review of Queen's Scouts at Windsor Castle, near London Sunday, April 21, 2013. (Pool photo by Olivia Harris,via AP)
It was the first time we have seen Kate looking properly preggers - although she is STILL eschewing maternity wear, instead sporting a mint cotton Mulberry coat that is currently on sale for £1,750, teamed with her favourite nude LK Bennett heels and a tan-coloured fascinator by Whiteley that she has worn on several previous occasions.
Impressive for six months.
Kate feels safest and most secure with her mom, report says
The Royalist has previously reported on the fact that Kate has told our sources she is not going to have a nanny - making her the first royal mother in history to be without child-minding help - but now she is saying that she will also do without a maternity nurse and will move back in with her MOM for at least six weeks after the new heir to the throne is born.
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This means that the third-in-line to the throne will be starting life in the home of a commoner - albeit the $8m home of a commoner - unless the powers that be can arrange for Michael and Carole Middleton, Kate's parents, to be swiftly ennobled.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, Kate says she ‘just feels safest and most secure’ with her family and believes that no one could be better placed to teach her about bringing up a baby than her mother, who has three children of her own.
Prince Harry's Announcement of His Walk To South Pole - Live Streaming at 10am EST
UPDATE 15:30 UK Time: Prince Harry has confirmed that he will join the walking to the Wounded expedition and walk to the South Pole. He made the announcement at the end of a press conference in London streamed live on the Royalist, saying to the American team: "As a member of the British team, I will have a brew on ready for you when you join us at the Pole."
Prince Harry is expected to confirm his status as officially the coolest royal of all time by announcing today that he will join a Walking with the Wounded trek to the south Pole in November.
The press conference launch of the new expedition by Harry in a London hotel will be streamed live at 3pm London time (10am EST), and we will be carrying it here on the Royalist.
Veteran entertainer named as a suspect in UK tabloid today
The extraordinary British child abuse scandal centered on the children’s entertainers of the 1970s took another dramatic turn today when Rolf Harris, the Australian cartoonist, singer and TV presenter was revealed to be the latest and most high profile celebrity to be arrested over historic sex abuse allegations by police from Operation Yewtree. The controversial task force - which has been criticised for consuming vast quantities of police time investigating historic crimes while current crimes go unsolved - was set up following hundreds of allegations of abuse against the BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile which emerged after his death last year.
Senior detectives have been investigating Harris, who painted an official portrait of the Queen in 2005, for more than four months.
Harris vehemently denies any wrongdoing.
All the updates from Margaret Thatcher’s funeral in London today.
12:54 Thanks for joining us, this post brings to an end out live updates.
11:55 The service is over and the coffin is now being marched out of the funeral. However the image of the day looks set to be tears rolling down the face of George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, during the funeral address by the Bishop of London.
11:31 David Cameron has given the second reading, from John 14:1-6. This reading was also requested by Thatcher herself, to be read by the prime minister of the day.
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
"In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
"And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
Margaret Thatcher is to be accorded a send-off filled with pomp and ceremony in London on Wednesday. Here’s how the day’s events will unfold.
Margaret Thatcher will be laid to rest tomorrow with an elaborate ceremonial funeral in London, with a strong military theme reflecting her government’s defining moment, the Falklands War.
A daybreak rehearsal of the funeral was undertaken on Monday morning, giving some indication of the pomp and ceremony to be accorded to Baroness Thatcher. The Queen will be attending, the first time she has attended a PM’s funeral since the death of the wartime leader Winston Churchill.
Here’s how events will unfold:
Prince Harry is expected to announce on Friday that he will join a South Pole adventure with a favored charity
We’ve always known he was cool, but this is getting ridiculous.
Prince Harry is going to walk to the South Pole in November.
Prince Harry in the North Pole on his previous WWTW adventure (WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Yes, really, you read that correctly. The third-in-line (for now) is going to join an extreme adventure with his buddies from the injured servicemen’s charity Walking With The Wounded and schlep his royal ass to the most southerly point on the globe.
Boys behave impeccably on night out to celebrate pal's forthcoming wedding
Sorry folks, no reports of strip billiards at this bash.
But Prince William and Harry did let their hair down at the weekend, joining a stag party for their chum Tom Van Straubenzee who is marrying Lady Melissa Percy later this year.
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Patrons at the pub, the Feather’s Inn in Hedley on the Hill, were astounded when William and Harry dropped into their usually quiet local to celebrate the groom’s forthcoming marriage. The royal brothers bought drinks at the bar and also had a meal, with the pub’s chef tweeting proudly that he had just finished making ‘tea’ for William and harry and they they were ‘lovely boys’.
A run-through of the controversial funeral closed London streets this morning at dawn.
A full dress rehearsal for Margaret Thatcher’s controversial ceremonial funeral was held at the crack of dawn in London this morning, with over 700 members of the armed services processing a coffin on a horse-drawn carriage draped in the Union Jack down the Strand to St Paul’s Cathedral. The funeral will have a Falklands theme, and a disproportionately high number of the soldiers involved in the ceremony, which will take place on Wednesday at 11am London time, will be drawn from British military regiments particularly associated with the Falklands War.
St Paul's Cathedral. (Carl Court/AFP/Getty)
Military bands played funeral marches by Chopin and Mendelssohn as the dummy coffin made its way along the deserted streets closed to traffic at 5am this morning, although military and police personnel did not don the ceremonial uniforms they will wear on Wednesday. The band in place on the cathedral courtyard struck up Elgar's funeral march and God Save The Queen before falling quiet again as the coffin approached.
It is estimated that the full ceremonial funeral for the Conservative leader – the first accorded to a British Prime Minister since the death of the wartime leader Winston Churchill – will cost up to £10million. The Queen will attend, also a post-Churchill first.
Kate hooked on US reality show, report says
We'll file this one under maybe.
Kate Middleton's spokespeople were last year forced to deny rumours that the Duchess was sent (or sent back) bundles of free clothes from Kim Kardashian, but the young royal apparently can't get enough of Kim's show Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Left: Duchess of Cambridge smiles during her visit to the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland on April 4, 2013. Right: Kim Kardashian attends the opening of Tracy Anderson Flagship Studio in Brentwood, Calif. on April 4. (Pool photo by Danny Lawson; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic, via Getty )
The Duchess, 31, decided to check out the reality programme after hearing that Kim, 32, was a big fan of hers and now she's a regular viewer, according one UK paper.
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.