• 'Give us another one Charlie': How royal births have been celebrated

    The euphoria likely to greet the birth of Kate Middleton's baby is nothing new. When her husband Prince William was on the way hundreds of people gathered on tenterhooks outside St Mary's Hospital where Princess Diana had been in labour for 16 hours with Prince Charles by her side. Not even the drizzle that day – 21 June, 1982 – could dampen what the media described as a "carnival atmosphere". CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY William's parents showing him off 21 hours after his birth In an age old custom that will be repeated for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's child, the news of his arrival was posted on the gates of Buckingham Palace. Signed

  • Nelson Mandela's condition improves but is still 'critical'

    Nelson Mandela's condition is said to have "improved" overnight acording to the South African President, Jakob Zuma. "He is much better today than he was when I saw him last night," commented Mr Zuma on Thursday after seeing the former leader in hospital. Ndileka Mandela, the former South African President's granddaughter, said Mr Mandela is now in a "critical but stable" condition on life support. "We thank everybody for giving support and praying with us," said Ndileka. "There's been a lot of comfort in the messages of support, people that send us personal messages.       "They've given us strength to carry on," she continued,

  • £1m refurbishment gets Prince William and Kate Middleton's house royal baby ready

    Prince William and Kate Middleton's Kensington Palace home is undergoing extensive refurbishment costing £1million ahead of the arrival of the royal baby. Apartment 1A of the central London residence is undergoing a complete overhaul which is due to be completed this autumn. Interior renovations on the 21-room abode, the former home of Princess Margaret , have cost £600,000. A further £400,000 was spent on repairs to the roof.       The prospective family home has had its heating, water and electrical systems replaced. Essential works to clear asbestos contamination have also been carried out. William and Kate, who are currently living in the modest two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage in the

  • Majority think Prince William and Kate Middleton will have a baby girl

    Ever since the announcement that Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting a royal baby was made, there has been much speculation about the new arrival – from names to hair colour and birthing methods to possible future careers. Rumours swirled that 31-year-old Kate let slip that they were expecting a girl and that Prince Harry told  friends that his brother and sister-in-law were having a boy – but it was revealed last week that the prospective parents had opted not to find out the gender of their first born child. Public interest in the little one is at an all-time