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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

Even a look-alike royal womb gets attention... (Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty)

The royal womb watching begins. It’s enough to make you yearn for independence

8 September 2014 13:55

So, there’s the final nail in the coffin of the ‘Better Together’ campaign. The Duchess of Cambridge is up the duff again and, according to The Daily Mail, being treated… Continue reading

Prince George Of Cambridge First Birthday

Kate and the Queen come out fighting for the Union

8 September 2014 13:25

Well, what a coup for the No campaign. At least that was my first thought before I found, annoyingly, that it seems to have occurred to every Twitter user too (at… Continue reading

History of Art is more than just a subject for nice girls with nice hair

History of Art shouldn’t just be a subject for posh girls

4 March 2014 15:48

There’s a campaign running at the moment to rebrand History of Art and clear up some of the myths surrounding the subject. It’s seen as a posh subject, studied by… 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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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

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

Hilary Mantel did not attack Kate, she defended her.

20 February 2013 14:55

Like grief, stupidity has a hierarchy. So, on balance, Ed Miliband’s response – if it can be so dignified – to Hilary Mantel’s essay about the mystery and magic attraction… 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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Kate Middleton pregnant, the world reacts

3 December 2012 23:16

Ask not where I was when I heard that the Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant, ask rather where I was when Miss Khloé Kardashian, of the Californian Kardashians, shared her… 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

One of the regulars Boujis, but not for much longer? Photo: PA.

A messy end to a Royal era

21 August 2012 15:38

Who said posh youths don’t riot? Head down to South Kensington tonight for some Bullingdon-style antics: the nightclub Boujis is inviting loyal regulars to smash the place up before closing… Continue reading


This year’s other Royal Wedding

30 July 2011 18:14

Coffee House congratulations to Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall, who were married in Edinburgh today. Footage via ConservativeHome:


A model for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

1 May 2011 16:13

With the newspapers still full of Royal Wedding pictures, I thought I’d draw CoffeeHousers’ attention to something remarkable: a visit by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (pictured, left, at Westminster… Continue reading


The vows

29 April 2011 12:16

Downing Street celebrates the Royal Wedding

29 April 2011 10:36

Forgive the hazy quality, but here’s a photograph of the gathering street party outside No.10:


A day when politics is not the story

29 April 2011 9:04

This, it has to be said, is not much of a day for politics. Although the world’s laser-like attention will be focussed on Westminster, it will not be on the… Continue reading


The Royal Wedding (extended expat version)

28 April 2011 20:37

Last month, dressed as a town crier, the head of the British Club in Singapore, Sean Boyle, visited the offices of every major newspaper in the country. Accompanied by an… Continue reading


The Royal Wedding by numbers

28 April 2011 12:49

I know, I know, it’s deeply unromantic to anticipate tomorrow’s Royal Wedding through the prism of opinion polling. But as no one ever said that a political blog has to… Continue reading


The royal engagement, now with added video

16 November 2010 19:36

I’m sure we’ll all be bombarded with footage over the coming days, weeks and months – but, in the meantime, here’s the first post-engagement interview for any interested CoffeeHousers:


A royal wedding bounce?

16 November 2010 15:59

Slap all kinds of health warnings on this, but – in view of speculation that the Wills and Kate nuptials might work in the coalition’s favour – I thought CoffeeHousers… Continue reading


What Kate should know

16 November 2010 13:39

CoffeeHousers, you may have heard: Prince William and Kate Middleton are going to marry. Even now, the news helicopters are cluttering the sky above St. James’s Park. and their overhead… Continue reading


Bonfire of the vanity photographers

16 November 2010 12:15

Today is a very good day to bury bad news. Prince William and Kate Midddleton’s engagement is going to dominate the news and the front pages for at least the… Continue reading