Far from resenting the vampire myth, people in Transylvania regard Bram Stoker as a hero. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The medieval town of Sighisoara in the heart of Transylvania is breathtakingly beautiful. Its narrow, cobbled streets, its brightly coloured houses, t(...)

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Cenotaph in Coleraine.

Queen Elizabeth concluded her busy three-day visit to Northern Ireland by travelling to Coleraine, Co Derry, yesterday to lay a wreath at the town’s (...)

D-Day veteran Cecil Deller (89), from Cambridgeshire, stands on Sword Beach in Hermanville, France. Today is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries, including Britain and the United States, join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy, helping to bring about the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images 0:57

Hundreds of second World War veterans have begun commemorations to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings, with many crossing the Chann(...)

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Image of the week: Inclusive capitalism Hurray for the City of London Corporation and investment firm EL Rothschild, which this week gathered s(...)

Pauline Conway from Co Wicklow greeting  President Michael D Higgins  at University College London Hospital yesterday.  Photograph: Johnny Bambury

The glittering investiture of Ireland into The Order of the VBF (Very Best Friend) continues. There’s nothing like some rousing pageantry to st(...)

Queen Elizabeth with President Higgins  and Sabina Higgins. Photograph: Alan Betson

A 21-gun salute echoed around Windsor just after noon yesterday to signal the official st(...)

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At the end of a very special day, they raised their glasses and toasted the future. A good future. One that many Irishmen and wom(...)

President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip ahead of a State Banquet this evening in Windsor, England. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images 2:22

Ireland and Britain have gained strength living “in both the shadow and in the shelter of one another” through the years, President Michael D H(...)

 President  Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina with Viscount Henry Hood, lord-in-waiting to  Queen Elizabeth, who greeted the president  at  Heathrow yesterday. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Sometimes, the small things are what make a house a home, no matter how grand its walls. Today, President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina(...)

      Mr Higgins and his wife Sabina will stay at Windsor Castle – a privilege usually accorded only to visiting monarchs and one United States president, Ronald Reagan. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

President Michael D Higgins’s State visit to Britain next month – the first by an Iris(...)