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Peter Hunt, Diplomatic and royal correspondent

Peter Hunt Diplomatic and royal correspondent

This is where you can come for my take on the latest news about the royal family and other stories from home and abroad

Prince William's trip to the Far East

  • 27 November 2014
  • From the section Home
Prince Charles with Duke of Cambridge

The drafters of the news release about Prince William's trip to Japan and China early next year did their best.

Of the 19 sentences it contains, three are devoted to Prince Charles and his connections with China.

But supporting heritage and cultural initiatives there isn't the same as setting foot on the mainland of a nation which is our 7th largest market for exports.

Some royal officials believe Charles' difficult relationship with China, and his friendship with the Dalai Lama, are issues that concern the media more and the Chinese less.

Given the past actions of the next king - he boycotted a banquet during a Chinese state visit - and Prince Philip's "slitty-eyed" comment when he was there in 1986, it's little wonder that royal visits to the country have to be navigated with care.

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Prince William's most significant overseas visit

  • 24 November 2014
  • From the section UK
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cambridge is unlikely to accompany her husband on the trip

The Chinese government has invited the Duke of Cambridge and his wife, Catherine, to visit China early next year.

This will be Prince William's most significant overseas visit.

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What might Prince Charles's letters reveal?

  • 24 November 2014
  • From the section UK
Prince Charles

Seven Supreme Court justices are due to consider whether letters from Prince Charles to seven government departments should be made public.

This has been a lengthy and costly legal battle which should be nearing its end.

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Prince Charles as king: What type of monarch will he be?

  • 20 November 2014
  • From the section UK
Prince Charles

When Prince Charles accedes to the throne, reports say he will make "heartfelt interventions" in national life, a contrast to his mother's "taciturn discretion on public affairs". What will Charles III be like as king?

Not so long ago, there was a new buzz word in royal circles. Transition. Tentatively, without fanfare, plans were put in place so that Prince Charles could take on more of his octogenarian mother's workload.

Read full article Prince Charles as king: What type of monarch will he be?

Minutes of silence to mark 100 years

  • 11 November 2014
  • From the section UK
Silence at the Tower of London

In a capital city with an energetic - at times frenzied - pace, there is a quality that can be in short supply.

Silence.

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Pregnant Duchess of Cambridge reappears in public

  • 21 October 2014
  • From the section UK
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in London on 21 October 2014

On a blustery but dry Horse Guards were two couples who represent the present and the future of an ancient institution.

For the Queen, this was the 108th time she's welcomed a visiting head of state. She's greeted presidents, monarchs and a grand duke.

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Prince William trying to set boundaries for family life

  • 3 October 2014
  • From the section UK
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George

Not for the first time, this is Prince William attempting to define what constitutes his family's private life as he struggles - in the face of intense global media interest - to carve out as near as normal an existence as he can for his toddler son, who will one day be king.

In doing so, he's picked a very public fight with a photographer, Niraj Tanna, who is keen and determined to stand his ground.

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Prince William starts Malta trip without pregnant Kate

  • 20 September 2014
  • From the section UK
Prince William

This weekend was meant to have marked the next stage in the Duchess of Cambridge's on the job royal training - a solo visit abroad.

But the subtle shift in what she does will have to wait as a pregnant Kate continues to suffer, for a second time, from very acute morning sickness.

Read full article Prince William starts Malta trip without pregnant Kate

Much excitement but less constitutional weight

  • 8 September 2014
  • From the section UK
Media crews at Kensington Palace

For a second time, William and Kate have been forced to announce a pregnancy before the duchess passed the significant 12-week milestone.

For a second time it's because Kate is suffering from an acute form of morning sickness - though this time she's being treated behind palace walls and not at a private hospital with representatives of the world's media gathered outside.

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Prince William's new career for the air ambulance

  • 7 August 2014
  • From the section UK

For a second time in his life, the man who will be king will take on a role on merit and not because he has inherited it.

It will, according to one of those close to him, give Prince William a renewed sense of purpose.

Read full article Prince William's new career for the air ambulance

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About Peter

Peter has worked for more than 20 years as a BBC correspondent. He has covered the royals; politics; the evolving Northern Ireland peace process; and major events at home and abroad.

He conducted Prince William's first ever broadcast interview; and Prince Harry's first radio interview.

Peter worked in the US during the Presidential Elections and in Qatar during the Iraq War. He has also reported from Moscow, Croatia, South Africa, Kuwait and Hong Kong at the time of the 1997 Handover.

He has reported in the Iraq Inquiry; the Diana Inquest; the Golden Jubilee; the Seventh of July Inquests; and several General Election campaigns.

Peter grew up in Essex and graduated from the University of York. He joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1988.

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