State Visit Of The President Of The People's Republic Of China - Day 2

Introducing Jeremy Corbyn’s new spokesman: the ex-Labour aide who called the Queen a ‘scrounger’

24 May 2016 13:19

Although Jeremy Corbyn managed to survive the Queen’s Speech relatively unscathed last week, his republican beliefs are likely to be…

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Spectator books of the year: Richard Davenport-Hines on a real flirt of a book

2 December 2015 15:00

Laurence Scott’s The Four-Dimensional Human: Ways of Being in the Digital World (Heinemann, £20) is the year’s most surprising book.…


Will the free speech lobby accept Jeremy Corbyn’s right to be a republican?

13 November 2015 17:14

On Wednesday night, Jeremy Corbyn brought to an end one of the most undignified sagas in recent politics, cobbling together…

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The Queen’s achievement

30 December 2014 12:23

There will be much reason to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen becoming the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Although it…

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Palace intrigue – is Her Majesty’s press corps on the verge of revolt?

23 October 2014 17:38

Her Majesty’s Loyal Press Corps are on the verge of revolt. Minutes of a recent meeting of the Press Gallery…

Portrait of George I of Great Britain

What about August 1714? 300 years since the Hanoverian accession

1 August 2014 15:30

The centenary of the start of the first world war is getting much more attention than the tricentenary of the…


Queen refuses to play Game of Thrones

24 June 2014 12:17

The Queen has visited the set of Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland. Frankly, she did not look that enamoured…

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,…

The Royals need protection from tactile Australian politicians. (REUTERS/Jason Reed   AUSTRALIA)

Save our Royals from Australian paws

28 April 2014 8:46

How can we stop Australian politicians from touching up members of our Royal Family, in the manner of a libidinous…

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…

A section of HMS Queen Elizabeth II being towed up the Clyde. (Image Getty)

Surely we should have called our new flagship HMS Margaret Thatcher?

28 March 2014 13:00

It’s great news that this summer will see the launch of Britain’s biggest-ever warship, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, built on…

UK Braced For Further Storms As Rain And Snow Bring More Flood Misery

Hacks get a royal handbagging from princes over sandbags

14 February 2014 17:40

Prince Harry’s disdain for the media is well documented; but it was William who got grumpy today, telling Guardian journalist…

Times are tough for Princess Michael of Kent

Regal austerity

9 December 2013 16:58

These are troubled times for Princess Michael of Kent. Austerity has hit Kensington Palace. ‘We’ve cut back dramatically,’ she tells…

Lady Diana Honored In New York

Blue blood on blue blood

5 September 2013 17:11

The People’s Princess is back in the papers, thanks to the latest film about her life, and one minor royal…

Prince George's birth certificate.

Occupation: Prince of the United Kingdom

2 August 2013 14:03

Steerpike particularly enjoyed this close-up.

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Leave The Lindo Wing With Their Newborn Son

Presents fit for a king?

1 August 2013 12:44

Forget the unedifying spectacle of today’s appointments to the House of Lords; a much more sought-after list is doing the…

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…

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…

U.K. Sterling Bank Notes As Cameron Warns Of Euro Risk

Jane Austen and Winston Churchill are practically the only credible banknote candidates

26 June 2013 12:37

Silly season is here. A minor row has broken out over which long-dead figures should appear on the reverse side…

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…

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…

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…

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Visits St Andrew's School, Berkshire. Image: Getty

Hilary Mantel’s sympathy for the royals

19 February 2013 12:47

Hilary Mantel has got into hot-water over a piece she has written about monarchy for the London Review of Books.…

Chelsea Flower Show - Press & VIP Preview Day

Charles ‘most popular Prince of Wales ever’

15 February 2013 17:24

I wonder what Prince Charles makes of the fashion for abdication? Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and the Pope are…

Queen Beatrix welcomes Queen Elizabeth to Rotterdam in 2007. Image: Getty

‘Typical Dutch’

29 January 2013 12:19

There has been much hilarity in the wake of the abdication of Queen Beatrix. The obvious comparisons between Willem-Alexander of…