File photograph of US President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II during a state banquet in Buckingham Palace in 2011. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

US President Barack Obama flies to London on Thursday with a mission: to persuade wavering British voters not to ditch membership of the European Uni(...)

Queen Elizabeth II with her daughter Princess Anne in the White Drawing Room of Windsor Castle. Photograph: Annie Leibovitz/AFP/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, will spend her 90th birthday today much as she does every other day, unveiling a plaque, doing a w(...)

In this handout official photograph provided by Buckingham Palace to mark her 90th birthday, shows Queen Elizabeth II with her five great-grandchildren and her two youngest grandchildren. The children are: James, Viscount Severn (left), 8, and Lady Louise (second left), 12, the children of The Earl and Countess of Wessex; Mia Tindall (holding The Queen’s handbag), the two year-old-daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall; Savannah (third right), 5, and Isla Phillips (right), 3, daughters of The Queen’s eldest grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn; Prince George (second right), 2, and in The Queen’s arms and in the tradition of Royal portraiture, the youngest great-grandchild, Princess Charlotte (11 months), children of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Photograph Annie Leibovitz via Getty Images

Monarchs do things differently. Should their birthday fall in a chilly month, for example, they are free to declare another, sunnier date. So while Qu(...)

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, prepares to try on a hat in a visit to a  charity shop in Holt, Norfolk, on  March 18th. She spent the previous day with her children instead of presenting the St Patrick’s Day shamrock to the Irish Guards. Photograph: Arthur Edwards/Reuters

Did the Duchess of Cambridge snub the Irish Guards on St Patrick’s Day? Britain’s royal correspondents think so, rounding on Kate Middleton for spendi(...)

 The Sun newspaper published a story indicating that Queen Elizabeth II was backing a British exit from the EU on its front page. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Buckingham Palace has made a formal complaint to Britain’s press watchdog after the Sun newspaper claimed that Queen Elizabeth had expressed strong Eu(...)

Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Heywood denied he sought to politicise the queen. Photograph: PA Wire

Britain’s top civil servant has denied “politicising” the royal family by encouraging Queen Elizabeth and Prince William to get involved in the refere(...)

Former army officer Henry Worsley during a training run on the Korridoren glacier in Milne Land, Greenland. Photograph: Joel Ryan/PA Wire

Tributes have been paid to Antarctic explorer Henry Worsley who died in Chile at the weekend. The 55-year-old former British army officer from Fulham(...)

English soccer fans saluted France  by roaring out La Marseillaise at a friendly match just days after Islamic State militants struck Paris. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

English soccer fans saluted France on Tuesday by roaring out La Marseillaise national anthem at a friendly match that became a show of solidarity just(...)

Roads cut through the site where EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point nuclear power station will be constructed in Bridgwater, southwest England. File photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Chinese president Xi Jinping sealed a multibillion dollar deal to finance nuclear power stations in Britain, crowning a visit that prime minister Davi(...)

Novelist Kathy Lette has long been known for a particularly fun kind of trouble courting: a sort of shouty, salty Antipodean who joyously ruffles t(...)