George and nursery - a relatively new Royal tradition

  • 18 December 2015
  • From the section UK
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte Image copyright Chris Jelf

Prince George is continuing a royal tradition, but not one that is long established.

The Queen was educated at home and relied on her nanny, Crawfie, to take her on educational trips - including a journey on the London tube.

Prince Charles did go to school, but his nursery was a palace room containing a blackboard, a desk and a governess.

It was at his mother's insistence that Prince William was exposed to children of his own age when he started at Mrs Mynors' school.

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Image caption The early learning at the Westacre Montessori School was rated good by Ofsted in June

His arrival there, on his first day at the age of three, was recorded by dozens of photographers and camera crews.

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The prince and the papers - William receives cabinet documents

  • 16 December 2015
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Cabinet meeting, May 2015 Image copyright Getty Images

We've always known the Queen, as a constitutional monarch, has access to government papers.

She has a right to be consulted; to encourage; and to warn her government ministers.

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Remembrance service 'a reminder of human fragility'

  • 8 November 2015
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In the crowd, a young girl dressed in red applauded.

By the Cenotaph, a veteran in a wheelchair wearing medals and with a blanket, saluted.

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UK and China looking forward to new future

  • 20 October 2015
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Queen Elizabeth and Chinese President Xi Jinping Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Mr Xi's trip is the first UK state visit by a Chinese leader since 2005

This was a British royal welcome for the president of a nation which for much of its history was ruled by Emperors.

The two countries' shared past — from the Chinese perspective — is littered with injustices, not least the Opium Wars. Today is about the shared future.

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Prince Charles and his complex relationship with China

  • 15 October 2015
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Image caption While the Queen entertains Chinese leaders at Buckingham Palace, Prince Charles will be in Scotland

When, next week, the Queen invites her guests in the Buckingham Palace ballroom to stand and toast the People's Republic of China there will be one notable absentee from the state banquet.

The Prince of Wales. This country's next hereditary head of state. The man yet to set foot on the soil of mainland China.

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A key focus for the returning Duchess of Cambridge

  • 17 September 2015
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The Duchess of Cambridge talking to charity staff Image copyright Getty Images

All senior royals need causes to champion.

It is not enough nowadays to just turn up to major events.

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Queen's Nazi salute a painful reminder

  • 18 July 2015
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The Sun front page

It's an arresting, once private image on the front of a national newspaper.

Its publication has prompted palace officials to talk about a breach of privacy, and the Sun to argue they're acting in the national interest.

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7/7 anniversary set to be painful for the bereaved

  • 7 July 2015
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7 July memorial in Hyde Park, London
Image caption Yellow gerberas will be laid at the 7 July memorial in Hyde Park

There will be three main events throughout the day to mark the worst terrorist attack on British soil.

The suicide bombings revealed a shortage of equipment - the discarded jackets of the dead were used as stretchers - and led to some striking acts of heroism by those trained to respond to emergencies, and by ordinary citizens.

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Something old and something new at Princess Charlotte's christening

  • 5 July 2015
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Cambridges arrive for Prince Charlotte's christening

This was a christening with echoes of the past and some distinctly Cambridge touches.

The baptismal font and the replica christening gown have served other baby royals well in the past. Even the pram was a hand-me-down from the Queen.

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Princess Charlotte set for royal christening

  • 5 July 2015
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Princess Charlotte

In the presence of her great-grandmother and, as things stand, three future kings - Charles, William and George - Princess Charlotte will be baptised using a font from Victoria's reign and with water from the River Jordan.

The Church of Saint Mary Magdalene is where the royals usually gather on Christmas Day and where Charlotte's late grandmother — Diana, Princess of Wales — was christened.

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