This time 100 years ago, Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty (in effect, the political boss of Britain’s Royal Navy), had an idea. In Octob(...)

‘Several decisions by the Strasbourg Court have particularly upset Tories’. Above,  party leader David Cameron  addresses the Conservative party’s annual conference earlier this month. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

In the rush by the Tory Party right to outdo Ukip in proving its anti-European credentials the target has moved beyond the “tyrannical” EU to Strasbou(...)

 King Edward VIII, formerly Edward, Prince of Wales, making his first radio broadcast to the world on the 1st March 1936. Newly released  files show that IRA volunteers tried to kidnap the Prince of Wales in 1922 in an attempt to have a death sentence commuted. Photograph: PA

IRA volunteers tried to kidnap the Prince of Wales in an attempt to have a death sentence commuted, the military pensions archives which have been rel(...)

British prime minister David Cameron used his last visit to Scotland before the historic independence referendum this week to implore Scots to remain part of the United Kingdom, warning today that a breakaway vote would be irreversible. Photograph: Reuters

British prime minister David Cameron used his last visit to Scotland before the historic independence referendum this week to implore Scots to remai(...)

Not all courses are as spectacular as the Old Head in Kinsale but even modest ones tend to be beautiful
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I came late to golf after a lifetime of contempt for golfers and golf clubs. It wasn’t so much the game itself that was off-putting, although it looke(...)

Richard Attenborough in 2008: the film Gandhi marked the pinnacle of his career. Photograph: Getty Images 0:50

Richard Attenborough, the film director who chronicled the end of British colonial rule in India with his Oscar-winning epic Gandhi and performed in m(...)

Rebuilding the house of Hohenzollern: Georg Friedrich Prinz von Preussen at the €590 million reconstruction of his family’s former palace. Photograph: Adam Berry

To enter Berlin’s biggest building site the tall, rangy man puts on a blue hard hat and a high-visibility jacket emblazoned with Besucher – visitor(...)

Guns being landed at Howth in 1914. The figure on the far right is Erskine Childers. Photograph: National Museum of Ireland

One hundred years ago on Saturday last Erskine Childers sailed his expensive gun-laden yacht Asgard towards the east pier at Howth. Unburdened of his (...)

The problems currently facing the Orange institution in Northern Ireland are nothing new. Indeed if anything it is a replay of the conflicts of the re(...)

Mary Soames with her mother and father in 1963

Mary Soames, who has died aged 91, was the last surviving child of Britain’s wartime prime minister, Winston Churchill. She spent an idyllic childhood(...)