Duke's embrace of diverse society echoes Diana's work

  • 15 June 2016
  • From the section UK
Princess Diana with an HIV positive child in Brazil in 1991 Image copyright AP

The photograph of a smiling prince on the cover of a gay magazine is a sign of William's willingness to embrace the diverse nature of British society. It's also a reminder that the monarchy is an institution that can evolve.

In the late 1980s, Diana, Princess of Wales, would visit people who had Aids or leprosy. Her former bodyguard, Ken Wharfe, told the Diana inquest that the Queen had asked why the princess didn't get involved "with something more pleasant".

Three decades on, her son is highlighting the work being done against bullying and in support of removing the stigma surrounding mental health.

Another striking aspect of this interview is that William is a future king. As things stand, one day he'll be head of state of the UK and 15 other countries - some of which discriminate against gay people.

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Image of the monarchy's present and future

  • 12 June 2016
  • From the section UK
The Queen Image copyright AFP
Image caption Adjustments will be made to the Queen's schedule, but she will remain active as the head of state

A carnival parade, a picnic and a prince.

William was on The Mall to praise the woman who was the focus of this celebration.

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Relaxed Sunday for Queen after Royal Birthday pageantry

  • 12 June 2016
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Queen Image copyright PA

After the service at St Paul's on Friday and the pageantry of Trooping the Colour, the Patron's Lunch is being described as a more relaxed, informal affair.

It will be a unique event which will bring together senior royals, corporate sponsors and 10,000 picnickers seated at tables along the Mall's ceremonial route.

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Unmissable monarch at Trooping the Colour

  • 11 June 2016
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Queen and other royals on Buckingham Palace balcony Image copyright Reuters

This was an unmissable monarch - wearing, as she was, a vibrant, lime green coat - at an annual occasion she's never missed - an occasion where the dominant colour is usually the scarlet of the ceremonial soldiers' tunics.

The guardsmen performing for their colonel in chief on the parade ground were fighting soldiers.

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A 'symbolic' Trooping the Colour for Queen's 90th

  • 11 June 2016
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Troops march along The Mall for Trooping the Colour parade Image copyright PA

It's a military ceremony that dates back to the 18th century.

The then Princess Elizabeth first watched Trooping the Colour aged eight, from a balcony, when her grandfather George V was king.

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Queen's birthday service combined 'dignity and warmth'

  • 10 June 2016
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The Queen, born in the era of silent films, arrived at St Paul's Cathedral with the man who's been at her side for most of her adult life.

The Queen turned 90 in April; Prince Philip is 95 today.

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Taj Mahal pictures of duke and duchess create 'new royal narrative'

  • 16 April 2016
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It was a day when a new royal narrative was written at India's Taj Mahal.

The Diana photographs captured isolation; a princess soon to loosen her ties to the monarchy.

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Diana Taj Mahal photo captured disintegrating marriage

  • 16 April 2016
  • From the section UK
The Princess of Wales in front of the Taj Mahal, in 1992 Image copyright Martin Keene

It was a photograph that captured a disintegrating marriage. A princess without her prince.

Prince Charles had promised - during a visit to Agra when a bachelor - to bring his bride to this romantic monument.

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Once-isolated Bhutan welcomes duke and duchess

  • 14 April 2016
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife Queen Jetsun Pema Image copyright PA

The descent into Paro by plane, which has to navigate a mountainside, is not for the faint-hearted.

William and Kate are entering a once-isolated land.

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Prince William wants focus on rhinoceros extinction risk

  • 13 April 2016
  • From the section UK
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge standing up on the back of a jeep Image copyright AFP

When Prince Philip was in India with the Queen in 1961 he shot a tiger.

He and his wife posed for a picture in front of the spoils of his hunting.

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