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Prince George Of Cambridge First Birthday

Politicians deliver careful messages of congratulations for the royal baby

2 May 2015 12:41

This morning the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby girl. The girl, who is the Queen’s fifth great-grandchild, is the fourth in line to the throne. As members of the… Continue reading

Prince George Of Cambridge First Birthday

Royal baby due at height of general election campaign

18 March 2015 16:37

Two of the biggest media circuses are set to collide. The 2013 press storm that greeted the arrival of Prince George looks likely to return when the Duchess of Cambridge gives birth… Continue reading

Cartoon by Michael Heath

The Spectator’s portrait of the week

22 October 2014 17:58

This is a sneak preview from tomorrow’s magazine: Home A hundred firemen could not prevent wooden cooling towers at Didcot B gas-fuelled power station in Oxfordshire from burning down. A… Continue reading

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) and

The Middleton double standard

2 June 2014 20:21

I imagine there are very few people who haven’t heard about the Duchess of Cambridge’s clothing catastrophe in Australia. And, of course, this isn’t the first time that the duchess… Continue reading

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand - Day 10

The Royal Family beats Australia’s dreary political class hands down

18 April 2014 9:00

Only a few hours before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge landed in Sydney for the start of their much-hyped royal Australian visit, Barry O’Farrell, the popular Premier of New… Continue reading

Camilla should urge Sky News and others never to work with children. (GEOFF PUGH/AFP/Getty Images)

Child to Camilla: Call the baby ‘Spencer’

23 July 2013 12:50

TV news channels are struggling to find fresh angles while we wait to see the new born heir (not expected for a while as the Duchess of Cambridge will remain in hospital,… Continue reading

An unbearable labour - the press corps camped outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, where the Duchess of Cambridge is in labour.

Royal filler

22 July 2013 12:57

Prince Charles told it like it is when he was hijacked by the royal baby press pack this morning: ‘Absolutely nothing at the moment, we’re waiting’. Others, though, are not… Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth II's Historic Visit To Ireland - Day Four

One is getting impatient

17 July 2013 13:36

Commenting on the imminent royal baby, Brenda, who is set to become a great-grandmother again, seems overwhelmed with joy: ‘I hope it arrives soon because I’m going on holiday.’  Classic… Continue reading

The Wedding Of Melissa Percy and Thomas Van Straubenzee

Did the taxpayer contribute to the ‘Royal Wedding of the North’?

24 June 2013 13:58

Mr Steerpike is a romantic at heart and a conservative, so I like love and marriage. Yet I was irritated by one detail of the nuptials of Lady Melissa Percy… Continue reading

The Duchess of Cambridge has completed her final engagement before taking time off ahead of giving birth. (ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)

A regal opportunity

13 June 2013 16:20

The Middleton family’s party website is set for a revamp, I hear. James Middleton was serving his own cupcakes at last night’s Johnnie Walker Blue summer party when he let… Continue reading

Michael, Carole and Pippa Middleton at Wimbledon. Image: Getty

Uncle Gary breaks his silence

18 March 2013 16:10

It was only a matter of time before the silence of Uncle Gary would be broken. Last seen splashed across the pages of the News of the World snorting cocaine at his Ibiza… Continue reading

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British writer Hilary Mantel is pictured

Hilary Mantel’s misinterpreted Royal Bodies lecture was still unpleasant

21 February 2013 10:17

People are quite often pilloried for saying the opposite of what they actually said. I have read Hilary Mantel’s London Review of Books lecture, and she is quite clearly not attacking the… Continue reading

Prime Minister David Cameron Official Visit To India

The battle for credibility: David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Hilary Mantel edition

19 February 2013 18:49

Why can’t politicians resist the temptation to comment? Hilary Mantel’s piece in the LRB is about as political as the pasta I was eating when David Cameron stopped darkening Indian… Continue reading

The Duchess of Cambridge on a visit this morning. Picture: Getty

David Cameron should have read Hilary Mantel’s essay before criticising it

19 February 2013 13:36

How stupid of David Cameron to join this absurd row over Hilary Mantel’s-speech-turned-LRB-essay on monarchy. I strongly suspect that the Prime Minister was told to do so by aides, who for their part… Continue reading

Paul Emsley's portrait of Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, presently showing at the National Portrait Gallery. Image: Getty

The Duchess of Cambridge, defining a portrait

14 January 2013 12:26

Poor Kate Middleton. In the royal tradition of artistic and literary representation, what defines her at this moment in time? The creepy feature on her wardrobe statistics in February’s Vogue?… Continue reading

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Pippa reveals her talent for fly-fishing and defends her party book, Celebrate. Image: PA

Pippa’s exclusive office Christmas party tips

12 December 2012 11:36

Bestselling author Pippa Middleton has written this week’s Spectator diary*, in which she takes on her critics directly: ‘I have been much teased for my book, Celebrate. Lots of journalists… Continue reading

The Duchess of Cambridge has been incredibly dignified in the face of adversity. Image: Getty.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s dignity

17 September 2012 12:53

Mr Steerpike is no Middleton fan, but it has to be said that the Duchess of Cambridge has maintained her composure remarkably well in the wake of topless photos of her appearing in the… Continue reading