Spared a driving ban for speeding, 90m Mountbatten heir who "can"t afford taxis"


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Spared a driving ban for speeding, 90m Mountbatten heir who 'can't afford taxis' | UPDATED: 00:21 GMT, 24 December 2012 He is a relative of the Queen and in line to inherit a large part of his father’s 90million fortune. But it seems Lord Henry David Mountbatten’s vast family wealth doesn’t stretch to the cost of taxi fares. The son of the Queen’s cousin has escaped a driving ban for speeding after telling a court he could not afford to take a train and a taxi to his regular flying lessons

Royal succession: Ladies of the aristocracy want equality alongside royals


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Daughters of the gentry call for equal rights to inherit titles following change to royal succession lawNew law of royal succession would see the royal baby become third in line to the throne regardless of sexCurrent rules see younger brothers inherit titles ahead of older sisters Traditions mean a title will die out rather than be passed to a woman | UPDATED: 09:10 GMT, 17 December 2012 The proposed law changes to ensure that a daughter born to Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge can succeed to the throne, should apply to titles as well, daughters of the aristocracy have said. The current tradition follows the previous royal succession law which sees a male heir inherit over a female. Now daughters of the gentry are calling for a equal rights to inherit titles as the new law would leave the aristocracy ‘two steps behind’ the royal family

Downton Abbey Christmas Special: Hoots m"lud! Nessie"s in McDownton

Hoots m'lud! Nessie's in McDownton | UPDATED: 09:17 GMT, 13 December 2012 Apparently, the Downton Abbey Christmas Special finds the entire Grantham household transplanted to Scotland. They have decamped to Duneagle Castle, home of the Marquess of Flintshire.

Downton Abbey: It"s the TV event of Christmas… and we"ve been given a sneak preview – by the Scottish aristocrats whose stately home…


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McDownton! It's the TV event of Christmas… and we've been given a sneak preview – by the Scottish aristocrats whose stately home bagged a starring role | UPDATED: 22:33 GMT, 8 December 2012 It is 8 o’clock on Christmas Day and the family is in a festive slump in front of the television, waiting for a highlight of the day – the Downton Abbey Special.