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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 Far East trip his most significant to date

  • 26 February 2015
  • From the section UK
Prince William with Governor of Tokyo Yoichi Masuzoe
Prince William will continue to juggle his royal and other roles

The Duke of Cambridge has arrived in Tokyo as part of a week-long trip to the Far East.

This visit - especially the three days he'll spend in China next week - will be the most significant Prince William has undertaken.

He's been travelling overseas - representing either the government or the Queen - for 10 years now.

He'll be doing it for many more years to come.

Supporters argue such work is all about enhancing the status of Britain abroad. Critics maintain it's more to do with promoting the House of Windsor.

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Prince Charles biography authoritative, but not flattering

  • 31 January 2015
  • From the section UK
Prince Charles
Prince Charles reign will be different from his mothers and this book might help use understand how much

To write the biography Charles: Heart of a King, Catherine Mayer had access to Prince Charles, his friends, his staff and his critics.

The published extract is authoritative, balanced and, in parts, far from flattering.

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Sarah Ferguson offers 'careful' praise for prince

  • 13 January 2015
  • From the section UK
Sarah Ferguson

Few public figures have chosen to declare their support for Prince Andrew as he faces claims of underage sex which he's denied.

David Cameron ducked an opportunity to endorse the Queen's son when it was offered to him.

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Unwelcome attention

  • 10 January 2015
  • From the section England
Prince Andrew in Germany in June 2014

The timing of the news that Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson have bought a luxury Swiss chalet is unfortunate from the perspective of Buckingham Palace.

It focuses attention again on the life that Prince Andrew can afford to lead.

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Prince Andrew will need resilience over sex claims

  • 5 January 2015
  • From the section UK
Prince Andrew

There's a tried and tested royal reaction when faced with a controversy - and there have been plenty over the years. It's to maintain that the Windsor in the uncomfortable spotlight is focused on their work.

This is the message emanating from Buckingham Palace about Prince Andrew as he grapples with whether or not he needs to do any more in response to the allegations of sex with a woman when she was under age, which he has denied.

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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.

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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.

Read full article Minutes of silence to mark 100 years

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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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