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13:47 UK time, Tuesday, 28 June 2011

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

All hail the new queen of centre court.

Yes, the Duchess of Cambridge did not even have to lift a racket to be served up on most of the front pages.

Prince William and his wife saw Andy Murray sail through to the quarter finals of Wimbledon on Monday but Murray has been pretty much relegated to the back pages. This is understandable considering he had not shaved and even admitted himself that he was a little on the whiffy side.

The Daily Telegraph's front-page picture is a composite with the all-white duchess on one side and Murray performing an overblown bow on the other. You can just about see his face covered in the aforementioned fluff.

Many of the papers capture every ooh and aah to escape from the duchess's mouth and they also feature pictures of the royal couple's feeble attempt at a Mexican Wave.

The Daily Mirror says Prince William needed a little bit of encouragement from his wife before they both raised their arms on the third lap of the wave. But clearly those etiquette lessons did not extend to Mexican Waves as one's bottom really needs to come off the seat if one is not look utterly ridiculous.

Talking of whites, there's a new Knut on the scene. Meet 60st Agee, a polar bear who has formed an "amazing bond" with Mark Abbot who plucked her from a zoo as a cub.

The Sun says the pair are so close, they "wrestle, kiss, nap and even go swimming with each other". They live in Canada so perhaps the duke and duchess can drop in on their upcoming tour and try out their new improved Mexican wave on Agee.

Timing is everything and the Daily Mail has finally seized on a new line, courtesy of former home secretary Jack Straw, to run with a story that has been doing the rounds for ages.

The paper is outraged at claims police forces are cashing in on car crashes by tipping off local garages in return for an "administration fee".

Paper Monitor has a vague recollection of the BBC's own More or Less reporting this ages ago, but our memory must be failing us.

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