• Declassified papers reveal the Queen survived an assassination attempt in 1981

    New Zealand's intelligence agency has confirmed that a teenage boy tried to assassinate the Queen during a visit to Dunedin in October 1981. According to Reuters, documents have now been released that show Christopher Lewis, who was 17 at the time, shoot at Her Majesty as she left her vehicle while attending a science fair during an eight-day tour of the Commonwealth. A recently-declassified 1997 memo from the intelligence agency read: "Lewis did indeed originally intend to assassinate the Queen, however did not have a suitable vantage point from which to fire, nor a sufficiently high-powered rifle for the

  • The Duke of Cambridge to visit Israel, Jordan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories on royal tour

    The Duke of Cambridge will embark on a royal tour of Israel, Jordan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the Summer, Kensington Palace have confirmed. It will mark the first time any member of the British royal family has visited the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and is thought to be the most sensitive that the Prince has ever embarked on. Speaking about the trip, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin tweeted that William's visit on the country's 70th anniversary of independence was a "very special present". Alistair Burt, the Foreign Office Minister, called William's trip an "important and unique opportunity to promote

  • Kate Middleton's best Orla Kiely looks

    Kate Middleton and Orla Kiely: The Duchess of Cambridge's best looks by the Irish fashion