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. There has been consternation over Mantel’s statement that the Duchess… Continue reading

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

Prince Charles on a healthy-eating campaign with Jamie Oliver today Image: Getty

The Hippy King

26 November 2012 17:55

Last month I brought you news that Prince Charles was blocking Freedom of Information requests to ensure that his communications with government ministers remain hidden. Word is that the contents of these… Continue reading

Prince Charles' letters to ministers are to remain secret, the Attorney General has ruled. Image: Getty.

Prince Charles’ letters covered up again

16 October 2012 14:17

It is no secret that the Prince of Wales is a plant-whispering greeny; but the precise nature (and bias) of his ministerial lobbying is to remain secret. Republic, the gloriously self-important… 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

Pippa pulls it off. Image: Getty

Pippa Middleton cashes in

30 August 2012 16:54

Mr Steerpike was overcome with joy when he read the press release from Pippa Middleton’s publishers. It told him that her forthcoming book Celebrate will be a ‘useful, practical and… Continue reading

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Even more excitement for the Queen

24 June 2012 15:30

Her Majesty the Queen must wish it was Diamond Jubilee year absolutely every year, such fun is she having. Watching Cheryl Cole duet with Gary Barlow must have been three… Continue reading

Spectators celebrate on the Mall outside

Ethnic minorities celebrated the Jubilee too

7 June 2012 17:45

The Diamond Jubilee — a historic occasion when British people from a variety of races, religions and cultures united to thank the queen for her sixty years of service and… Continue reading

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God save the Queen

5 June 2012 19:00

It was beautiful and a bit strange this morning, sitting in St Paul’s Cathedral with the rest of the congregation, waiting for the Queen to make her entrance for the… Continue reading

Fireworks light up the stage at the end

The Jubilee concert: 8/10 for cheering the nation up

5 June 2012 11:15

‘Ten years ago, if you’d been asked what Gary Barlow would be running now, you’d have said a Little Chef off the A32.’ This, from Lee Mack, was one of… Continue reading


The View from 22: Greece is burning

17 May 2012 9:42

The upcoming Greek elections will push the nation into a confrontation with the European authorities, reports Faisal Islam, the economics editor of Channel 4 News, in his cover feature for… Continue reading


From the archives: Britain’s new Queen

6 February 2012 18:07

To mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne in 1952, here is the leader that appeared sixty years ago on our front cover. It was… Continue reading


Gove’s Royal yacht proposal in full

16 January 2012 15:28

This morning’s Guardian scoop about Michael Gove’s suggestion that the nation should present the Queen with a new Royal yacht for the Jubilee is the talk of Westminster. But the… Continue reading


Yet more questions for News International to answer

11 July 2011 13:18

The phone hacking controversy first began to come to public attention because of a story in The News of the World about Prince William’s knee in 2005. Now, the Royal… Continue reading


An historic moment

17 May 2011 15:44

There is something incredibly resonant about the images of the Queen arriving in the Republic of Ireland this afternoon. You have probably heard the facts by now — that she… Continue reading


A princely marriage

29 April 2011 18:38

There are some things that Britain does better than any country in the world, and we saw one of them today. Two particulars will have jumped out at the tens… Continue reading


The Royal Wedding around the world

29 April 2011 18:13

So we’ve seen the ceremony at Westminster Abbey. How was the Royal Wedding celebrated – by expats and locals alike – around the world? In Afghanistan, British troops celebrated with… Continue reading


From the archives: the marriage of Charles and Diana

29 April 2011 16:54

It is just under thirty years since Prince William’s parents, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, were themselves married in St Paul’s Cathedral. Below are two Spectator articles relating… Continue reading


The Royal Wedding: across the web

29 April 2011 16:18

Here is a selection of articles on the Royal Wedding from around the web. For those, like me, who wouldn’t know an Empire Line if it slapped them in the… Continue reading


Street party … in Tirana

29 April 2011 15:41

Wedding-themed street parties are underway not only in Britain, but wherever Brits are living. I’m in Tirana in Albania where the British Embassy is hosting a street party at the… Continue reading


From the archives: the Queen’s wedding

29 April 2011 10:05

Perhaps it’s the pageantry of the occasion, but it does feel like one of those days for looking back as well as forward. In which case, we’ll have a double… Continue reading


The PM turns for his tailcoat

20 April 2011 13:20

The Prime Minister will now wear a morning suit to the Royal Wedding, Ben Brogan reports. Since I first revealed in the Mail on Sunday that he was planning to… Continue reading


From the archives: The Royal Marriage Question

26 November 2010 12:34

Like father, like son. Prince William took his time to propose to Kate Middleton, almost as long as his father took to take the plunge in 1981. The press brayed… Continue reading


How to pay for the Royal wedding? Simple: public subscription

25 November 2010 14:53

Now that we have a date in the diary, we can begin the traditional rites and customs on the path to the Royal Wedding. These traditions stretch back to Queen… Continue reading


Who will benefit from the Royal wedding?

23 November 2010 16:33

David Cameron is playing down the effect the Royal Wedding will have on the 5th May elections, especially the AV referendum. Fleet Street’s having none of it however. On the… Continue reading