• Security stops Zara Phillips crossing parade ring at Cheltenham Festival

    Zara Phillips might be the Queen's granddaughter, but that doesn't mean she always gets the royal treatment. Attending the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, she was left a little unimpressed when an overzealous security guard blocked her access to the parade ring. Security appeared not to recognize the Princess Royal's daughter, who was accompanied by her husband Mike Tindall, 34, on the opening day of the racing event.   Prevented from crossing the parade ring after a race, Zara, 31, was seen in an animated discussion with the guard, as she tried to access the enclosure. She was eventually let her

  • Vatican doors remain closed on day two of the papal conclave

    All eyes are on Rome and the world's smallest state, Vatican city, as we wait for the announcement of the new Pope. The papal conclave moves into day two after it began on Tuesday when 115 cardinals hailing from 50 countries entered the Sistine Chapel to cast their first vote for the next Pontiff, who will be the 266th pope in the history of the church. Black smoke, signifying no agreement has yet been reached, rose from the chimney installed especially for the highly secret process on Wednesday morning after the conclave's second vote. They will vote twice a

  • The Queen to work from home as she cancels more engagements

    As the Queen signed the historic Commonwealth Charter on Monday, it seemed she had fully recovered from her recent illness. But the monarch has now cancelled the rest of her outside engagements for the week and will manage her affairs from Buckingham Palace. In a statement released by the Palace, officials said that the sovereign "continues to make a good recovery" and will "continue with the usual rhythm of business" from home. The missive added: "The Queen hopes to resume her programme of official engagements next week".     On Wednesday, the royal was due to hold a Privy Council meeting,

  • Zara Phillips and mother Princess Anne are a stylish team at Cheltenham

    Zara Phillips attended Cheltenham for a second day running and was accompanied by her mother Princess Anne for the sophomore outing. The Queen's granddaughter, who attended with husband Mike Tindall the previous day, stood out from the race-going crowd with an elegant red jacket and pillbox hat. Black suede boots and a clutch bag completed the ensemble.  There was little chance she wouldn't be recognised by security, as happened on Tuesday.     Next to Zara, the Princess Royal was swathed in a warm brown coat adorned with delicate brooches.  Cheltenham is the perfect outing for the mother daughter team, who are both

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  • HELLO! among the Queen's reading material

    As you'd expect, the Queen likes to keep up with current affairs. And when it comes to staying in the loop with society and celebrity news, of course HELLO! would feature on her reading list.   In her private sitting room in Balmoral, where she is pictured chatting to Prime Minister David Cameron, the Queen keeps the tabloids and broadsheets to the left, and the magazines, including a couple of issues of HELLO!, to the right. But while her reading material is neatly organised on a table, the rest of the Queen's room has a more cosy and mismatched feel

  • Habemus Papam: Argentinian Cardinal Bergoglio is the new Pope

    A new Pope has been elected. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has chosen the name Francis I, will be the 266th pope in the history of the Church. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, is the first Latin American Pope and the first Jesuit to reach the pontiff. The traditional announcement was made from the balcony by the French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran: "Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum... habemus papam!" - "I announce to you a great joy... we have a Pope!"   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY The new Pope emerged onto the balcony of St Peter's Basilica just after 7pm to address the