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Richard III Burial Battle Begins

High Court battle over where the remains of Richard III should be buried is to get under way on Thursday.,

For a monarch who was so extraordinarily unpopular in life, it's ironic that now everyone wants a piece of Richard III.

A High Court battle over where the remains of Richard III should be buried is to get under way on Thursday, and will examine the British government's decision to authorise the exhumation and reinterment of the monarch’s remains in Leicester.

It has been brought by a group of Richard III’s distant relatives, the Plantagenet Alliance Limited, who are campaigning to see the former king reburied in his native city of York.

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The complete skeleton of King Richard III showing the curvature of the spine. (University of Leicester/Corbis)

The Black Spider Memos

Charles's 'Meddling' Letters

Nine year battle by the Guardian newspaper to view controversial letters receives major boost in court of appeal

Prince Charles has often been accused of being a 'meddling' prince, and finally the British public might get a chance to see just how far his efforts to influene government policy have gone.

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For a nine-year battle by the Guardian newspaper journalist Rob Evans to be allowed to publish lobbying letters written by Prince Charles to government ministers received a major boost today after the Court of Appeal said that the Attorney General acted unlawfully when he blocked the publication of the letters.

The letters, sometimes referred to as the 'black spider memos" are said to contain the prince's, "most deeply held personal views and beliefs".

Everybody Dance

Charles is "Main Man" DJs Say

Prince Charles visits London youth radio station to promote Prince's Trust awards

Prince Charles was hailed as, "the main man" when he appeared in the studios of London dance radio station Kiss FM today.

Charles is touring media today to promote The Prince's Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards which will be held at The Odeon, Leicester Square, London tonight.

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Although he was appearing on one of London's most popular youth radio stations, complete with video feed, Charles stuck to his traditional outfit of a double-breasted suit complete with pocket square.

Cold Out There

Prince Harry's Polar Trek Fears

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Prince Harry was "terrified" that he would not be able to keep up with his team mates on his south pole trek, and was nervous about letting his side down, it is being reported today.

This is probably a good moment to remind ourselves that on that trip, he grew a beard, and looked smashing with it.

Harry, who was filmed for an ITV documentary - Harry's South Pole Heroes - about the Antarctic adventure, which will be broadcast in the UK this Sunday, was recorded before the trip saying, "I don't want to let the side down through fitness or injuries or anything like that.There's a lot of pressure on everybody involved, so I've just got to get it right... It's not just about fitness, it's about knowing exactly what you can and can't do. For me, it's bigger than just these guys.We're trying to raise money but also to raise awareness for the fact that the injuries they've sustained they're going to carry for the rest of their lives."

Indefatigable

Branson: We Will Blast Off In Fall

Brushing aside mounting criticism, Sir Richard insists his space program is going ahead, and even claims he will build hotels in space

Richard Branson is fighting a rearguard action to defend his troubled space program, Virgin Galactic, which has come in for much criticism in recent weeks, with increasing numbers of commentators questioning whether it will ever get off the ground.

He insisted that the first flight will be ready to go in August, and that he will be on it, with his children.

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But he admitted there were risks involved.

Big Job

Kate Hires Spanish Nanny

Kate has struggled on for eight months without a nanny, but now she has cracked and hired a Spanish supernanny

British society parents are frequently scathing about English nannies, the usual complaints being that they are lazy will not do any tidying up around the house.

So, they tend to hire foreign nannies for their young kids instead, and it appears that William and Kate are no exception.

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For they have reportedly hired a Spanish, "super Nanny" to look after young Prince George.

Thanks For Sharing

Naked Pregnant British Heiress!!

Tamara Ecclestone - heiress to a multi-billion dollar fortune - posts images of her body in the final weeks of pregnancy

Even if she could be accused of over-sharing, Tamara Ecclestone - heir to the multi-billion dollar Formula 1 empire built up by her considerably less smooth-skinned dad, Bernie - looks pretty good for 39 weeks pregnant, we are sure you'll agree.

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The brunette model and stalwart of the London party scene indulged in an unrivaled bit of self-promotion today, posting a picture of herself naked in the final stages of her pregnancy on her Instagram account, with the caption, "One week to go."

It is not advised for anyone else in the entire world who is 39 weeks pregnant to look at this picture for fear of causing feelings of inadequacy.

We always got the impression the Prince Harry kind of enjoyed not having too much responsibility - and a new book confirms just that.

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Prince Harry told his brother Prince William, "You'll be king and I won't, so I can do what I like," according to a new biography of the boisterous young royal.

In a new biography, serialised in the Mirror at the weekend, royal correspondent Marcia Moody writes: “William often received the lion’s-share of attention from some senior members of the family and some of the staff.

Ding Dong?

Odds Slashed On New Royal Wedding

Bookmakers slash odds of new royal wedding after Prince Harry and his girlfriend were photographed in public together for the second time in three days on Sunday.

Prince Harry and his girlfriend Cressida Bonas were photographed in public together for the second time in three days yesterday at a rugby match.

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The couple, who have previously taken great care to make sure they are not photographed together, can be in little doubt that their sudden spate of public appearances and PDAs will do little to dampen down speculation that the UK could be on the verge of another royal wedding.

Cressida was casually dressed with her nails painted black.

First Pics!

Cressida And Harry Together!

Cressida and Harry appear together at an official event for the first time and allow themselves to be photographed. Does this mean engagement is forthcoming?

Engagement rumors are back in overdrive today after Prince Harry was accompanied by his girlfriend Cressida Bonas on a public engagement for the first time today.

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Harry was guest of honour at youth empowerment charity We Day, and sat with his girlfriend Cressida in the audience.

Cressida wore skinny jeans, a simple top and seqin Converse and was happy to be snapped by photographers with Harry as they snuggled up together in the crowd.

Royal Holiday

Will & Kate Holiday Without Baby!

Shock greets William and Kate's decision to jet off on long-haul holiday without their baby

When the first reports started filtering back from  the Indian Ocean on Wednesday evening that William and Kate had slipped off for a week's vacation to a five-star resort in the Maldives, to say that  the corps of British royal correspondents was wrong footed would be an understatement.

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Will and Kate on a previous holiday (Splash News / Newscom)

There was a combined sense of shock and grudging admiration that once again the young royals had managed to keep their plans entirely secret, with the first news that William and Kate were indeed on holiday - again - coming not from a leak, but from a local newspaper which observed them arriving in Male.

irritatingly for the royal press team, the news completely overshadowed Prince Harry's launch of the Invictus Games, a paralympic-style event for wounded servicemen.

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Harry Launches UK 'Warrior Games'

Harry continues his work with disabled servicemen and women, launching a paralympic-style event for disabled servicemen

Last time Prince Harry was in America, he witnessed the Warrior Games, a paralympic-style event for wounded servicemen, and he said at the time that he hoped to bring a similar event to the UK.

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Today he made good on that promise, and  launched a sporting championship for injured members of the armed forces in the UK, the Invictus Games, which will see servicemen and women take part in sports like wheelchair basketball, indoor rowing and sitting volleyball.

The launch of the Invictus Games is a major part of the reason why Harry gave up his active duty army career and moved to a London desk-job.

Spring Must Be Here

Queen Elizabeth Bursts Into Song

Proving definitively once and for all that reports of her grumpiness are  much overstated, the Queen is reported to have launched into song while chatting to a young singer, trilling out a few bars by British popster Gary Barlow.

Laura Wright, 23, who will perform 'God Save the Queen' at Twickenham this weekend told the Daily Mail: “When I was talking to her, she sang a little bit of a track from Gary’s Sing EP..It sounded like she had a lovely voice. I did offer her some singing lessons, but I think she might be quite busy...She said Gary Barlow had told her that anyone can sing; it’s just a matter of learning, which I totally agree with.”

Barlow was chosen to compose the Queen’s official Diamond Jubilee single, Sing, with Andrew Lloyd Webber.

 

Royal Playboy

Prince Andrew Dating George Clooney's Ex

Before there was Prince Harry, there was Prince Andrew.

And the elder royal playboy of his generation  has clearly lost none of his pulling power as his new squeeze is none other than George Clooney's ex, the Croatian model Monika Jakisic.

The new couple are said to have celebrated Andrew's birthday together at Cecconi's restaurant just off Savile Row in London.

A witness told UsMagazine.com: “They sat next to each other at an intimate table by the front of the restaurant and were cuddling up to each other. Andrew was making Monika laugh and kissing her hand.”

The eyewitness added during the dinner “Monika gave him a birthday card and the server brought out a white birthday cake for dessert.”

Days later they were spotted at The Arts Club in Mayfair.

Date Night

Harry Out With Cressida

Prince Harry making most of his redeployment to London

Prince Harry and his girlfriend Cressida Bonas were pictured together in public last night for just the second time as they went to dinner at The Ivy restaurant in London with Sam Branson, Richard's son, who is married to Cressida's sister Isabella.

The elite youngsters were photographed walking into the exclusive London eatery yesterday evening.

Harry kept a few paces ahead of Cressida to try and prevent a picture of them together surfacing, but photographers managed to get the moth in the same frame.

Harry was casually dressed, wearing a pair of dark blue jeans with a navy fleece, a white polo top and a black cap (the Ivy has no dress code) and Cressida wore a simple black dress.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED

Dissecting Cressida's Style

Dissecting Cressida's Style

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.

Sibling Rivalry

Mad About Pippa

Not A Stretch

Kate Flashes Tummy on First Solo Engagement Since Birth

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