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Cambridges Reveal Charlotte & George First Christmas Portrait

Prince George and his sister Princess Charlotte have appeared in their first Christmas portrait together with their parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. The Cambridges also announced the nursery Prince George will be attending. The new picture shows the family in the garden at Kensington Palace and was taken in late October by photographer Chris Jelf. Mr Jelf said: “I thoroughly enjoyed photographing a very lovely family, although you have to be sharp as you don’t have long when there are two young children involved! “I hope everyone enjoys this photo and I am honoured that the duke and duchess have decided to share it with the public.” Kensington Palace said that the royal couple were “very much looking forward to their first Christmas as a family of four” and “hugely appreciative of all the warm messages they have received about their family this year”. Two-year-old Prince George will go to the £33-a-day Westacre Montessori School Nursery in Norfolk from January. A nursery spokesman said: “We are looking forward to welcoming George to our nursery.” The …

Legal tussle: Kensington's Candy-stripe house has generated a lot of media interest and has now ended in court

Kensington Candy Stripes Home Repaint Ruling Set for 2016

A woman who painted her Kensington townhouse in candy stripes has to wait till next year to know if she will have to restore it back to its original colour after the council ordered her to do so. Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring, 71, had been accused by neighbours in the affluent enclave in South End of trying to “get her own back” after failing to win planning permission for a mega basement construction. Her previous appeal for the redevelopment had been thrown out after the council brought in stringent rules for basement makeovers in the borough. Hammersmith Magistrates Court heard the red stripes had been painted on to the house on March 2 this year in “about five-and-a-half hours”. Giving evidence Ms Lisle-Mainwaring claimed the planning order forcing her to repaint the house was “a response by the council to a press campaign”. Andrew Parkinson, representing the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, disagreed saying: ‘There is nothing at all to suggest that the press campaign played any part in the council’s actions.” He added: ‘The council would have …

A restorer applying gilt and finishing touches to the Kensington Palace gates | Photograph: Bolaji Babafemi

The Diana Gate: A Brief History

Eighteen years after the untimely death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Kensington Palace gates unofficially named after her is almost unrecognisable from the wrought iron gates that bore hundreds of floral tributes which spilled into the surrounding gardens in 1997. But it still remains the focal point where her memory continues to be honoured on the anniversary of the Paris crash.

Meteors, streak past stars in the night sky near Amman, in the early hours of August 12, 2004. The Perseid meteor shower is sparked every August when the Earth passes through a stream of space debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle, and was clearly visible to the naked eye

Perseid Meteor: Where to See the Shooting Stars

E ven city dwellers can see this year’s meteorological phenomenon from their back gardens as it reaches its peak tonight (12 August 2015) according to scientists. The Perseid meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus as it appears to originate at the same point in the sky as the constellation. Meteors are bright streaks of light that shoot across the sky so fast they can be seen in the blink of an eye. Commonly known as shooting stars, they can sometimes turn into bright fireballs that can last a few seconds. The Perseid meteor shower is the most famous of all the meteor showers, providing an opportunity for non-enthusiasts to see a meteor. The Perseids can be seen from the end of July with one meteor an hour crossing the skies. By the 10 August up to 15 meteors an hour can be seen on a clear sky. The peak dates to see the Perseid meteor shower are between the 12-13 August when up to 100 meteors an hour can be seen! There will also be good rates between 11-12 August and 13-14 August, although to …

Let the Youths Roam Free: Bear Grylls’ Summer Manifesto

Bear Grylls has urged all young people to banish boredom and computer games at the start of the summer holidays by spending a night under the stars or go on a wild adventure on water or in the air. The celebrity adventurer and UK’s chief scout himself took to the skies in an helicopter to spread the message about his Kids’ Summer Manifesto. “The summer holidays are a massive opportunity for fun, challenge and adventure. It’s a time when kids can get outdoors, build dens, learn skills, make friends and have the freedom to discover who they are. That’s why I’m challenging every child to accept my Super Six Challenge. The manifesto which celebrates all things adventure will also see Grylls known for his all-action TV series Man v. Wild embark on a whirlwind helicopter tour of Scout summer camps, meeting thousands of Scouts. It follows the ethos of the Scouts whose famous motto is, Be prepared. But the bid to lure Britain’s children out of their comfort zones will be a challenging one with various …

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Fugitive Robber Taunts Police with Selfie

Wanted: Ryan Byrne did not complain about being let off early from jail A violent robber released in error from a nine-year sentence has posed for a selfie in front of a Police van in the West End mocking appeals to apprehend him. Ryan Byrne, 34, can be seen in the photograph grinning as he pointed to the van parked outside a casino in Wardour Street Soho. He was freed from Wandsworth Prison with up to 18 months still to serve of his original sentence. A prison source told The Sun: “Byrne was sitting in his cell having a cigarette last Wednesday when he was told he was free to leave. He couldn’t believe it. But he didn’t protest and has been enjoying his freedom.” Byrne was jailed after holding up a branch of Boots in Ruislip, west London, in 2007 making away with £3,800. Police have checked his mother’s house in Acton, west London but he still remains on the run.An HM Prison Service spokesman said: “Releases in error are very rare but regrettable occurrences. We are investigating …

Scot Young: Coroner Rules Out Suicide

Scot Young jumped to his death in Marylebone after years of divorce wrangling with former wife Michelle who alleged he was worth ‘billions’ The death of a bankrupt businessman impaled on railings after he fell from a fourth floor of a luxury flat in west London cannot be ruled a suicide due to insufficient evidence, a coroner has decided. Scot Young, 52, had been involved in a protracted divorce battle with his ex-wife, had been discharged from hospital hours before he was found impaled on railings outside Montague Square in Marylebone. The father-of-two jailed for six months in January 2013 for contempt of court during his divorce from former partner Michelle, who accused him of spiriting away assets worth £400m. Mrs Young later described a £20m payout ordered at the High Court following a six-year legal battle as “a disgrace”, insisting her husband was worth “billions” and had hidden his money in offshore accounts. She also alleged Young’s friends, retail magnate Philip Green and X Factor creator Simon Cowell had been involved in the conspiracy. Recording a …

Eye contact: Princess Charlotte stares at the camera in her mother's arms

Princess Charlotte by Mario Testino

Kensington Palace gushed its approval at the results of Mario Testino’s portraits during the christening of Princess Charlotte. In a twitter post shortly before the four official photographs were released a spokesman said: “We’re about to share some special christening photos by @mariotestino. Thanks so much for all the lovely messages in recent days!” Read more: Di Favourite Mario Testino to Shoot Princess Charlotte It bore all the hallmarks of the renowned fashion photographer; a lot of smiles, unguarded moments, looks into the camera with most of the candid exposures provided by Prince George. In a black and white rendering, the irrepressible toddler can be seen smiling as he tugged at his hair while being held by Prince William. Even Princess Charlotte managed to hold a straight gaze for the camera in another pose in her mother’s arms. There was also the traditional family photograph featuring the Cambridges, the Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall and the Middletons. It was also a first for Testino who had never photographed the Queen before although …

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Man Steals Rare Mayfair Bronze with Rolled-up Paper

A man has pulled off an audacious theft under the noses of the owners of a rare bronze statue valued at £40,000 from a Mayfair gallery after tucking it under a rolled-up newspaper and leaving calmly. The work by artist Elisabeth Frink titled Horizontal Birman I dates from 1962 was stolen from the Beaux Arts gallery on Maddox Street in the heart of Mayfair. It is a limited edition piece and is inscribed on the underside with Frink 10/10. Co-owner of the gallery Patricia Singh said the suspect had been casually walking around the gallery before the theft. She said: “He was walking around with a rolled-up newspaper and it was on a high shelf, so we rather assumed it was safe, and there was someone in the room the whole time. “It’s to my intense chagrin, we should be more vigilant, but you learn.” Police have released a CCTV image of a man (left) they would like to trace in connection with the theft. They believe he struck on Friday, 26 June between 17:30hrs and 17:50. The suspect is …