How Baroness Thatcher planned her own funeral and chose the hymn played at Princess Diana"s funeral "I Vow To Thee, My Country"

How Baroness Thatcher planned her own funeral and chose the hymn played at Princess Diana’s funeral ‘I Vow To Thee, My Country'Baroness believed to have begun preparations eight years agoThe service will be held at St Paul's Cathedral next Wednesday By Anna Edwards PUBLISHED: 01:04 GMT, 13 April 2013 | UPDATED: 08:40 GMT, 13 April 2013 Baroness Margaret Thatcher is believed to have begun plans for her funeral eight years ago Even from the grave, Baroness Thatcher has managed to rule how her own funeral will be conducted. The former prime minister meticulously planned how the farewell service will run – from the singing to who gives the readings

Beatrice and Eugenie lead the family firm to church for Easter Day at Windsor

Granny's glamorous girls: Beatrice and Eugenie lead the family firm to church for Easter Day at Windsor By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 11:47 GMT, 31 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:22 GMT, 31 March 2013 Three of the Queen's grandchildren stepped out in style this morning with their grandmother for the traditional Easter Sunday service at Windsor Castle. The Duke of York's daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, accompanied the monarch to the Easter Matins service at St George's Chapel – along with Prince Edward's nine-year-old daughter Louise.

Sleep well, hope the bed bugs don"t bite! New 125,000 "Royal" mattress that"s fit for a princess goes on sale at Kensington Palace

Sleep well, hope the bed bugs don't bite! New 125,000 'Royal' mattress that's fit for a princess goes on sale at Kensington Palace By Leon Watson PUBLISHED: 21:30 GMT, 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 23:14 GMT, 19 March 2013 Blowing this much cash on just part of a bed would leave most people needing a little lie down. And it's no wonder – at $175,000 the new 'Royal' mattress made by British manufacturer Savoir Beds is the height of opulence and definitely fit for a princess. It is a limited edition, of which only 60 will be made, and is set to go on sale at Kensington Palace in London this week

Kate Middleton: BBC Radio 4"s Sandi Toksvig hits out at Duchess for being "very Jane Austen"

Kate has no opinions on anything: BBC presenter Sandi Toksvig hits out at Duchess of Cambridge for being 'very Jane Austen' Sandi Toksvig, 54, compared Kate to female characters of Jane Austen But Toksvig praises singer Cheryl Cole for 'still saying what she thinks' By Mark Duell PUBLISHED: 16:45 GMT, 10 March 2013 | UPDATED: 23:28 GMT, 10 March 2013 The Duchess of Cambridge does not hold a ‘single opinion’, according to Radio 4 presenter Sandi Toksvig. The 54-year-old comedienne compared Kate to the female characters of Jane Austen, who were unable to express themselves publicly because of 19th century attitudes towards women. The presenter, who hosts The News Quiz, said: ‘Kate Middleton is not enough for me.

Lord Coe and other stars of the London 2012 Olympics collect awards from Buckingham Palace

Olympic honour for Seb (and co): London 2012 chief and other stars of the Games collect awards from Buckingham Palace , said he shared the award with his talented team at Locog (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games), volunteers and the enthusiastic British public. Speaking after the ceremony, he said: ‘It’s a lovely honour and I’m deeply flattered but it is really signal recognition for the extraordinary work of so many people: our teams at Locog, the most talented, focused people I’ve ever worked with – passionate people – but also the people of Britain whose generosity of spirit helped get us across the line.’ Lord Coe was recently appointed chairman of the British Olympic Association and will now help to steer another generation of athletes in the run-up to the Rio 2016 Olympics

Queen"s Diamond Jubilee: Philip Ziegler, one of our most celebrated historians, looks back on a spectacular 2012

The year Britain lit up the world: Philip Ziegler, one of our most celebrated historians, looks back on a spectacular 2012 | UPDATED: 00:21 GMT, 30 December 2012 Resolutely low-key, extraordinary in her ordinariness, the Queen in the 60 years of her reign has shown total dedication to her task and to her country June 4: Fireworks lit the sky, flags lined the Mall, thousands danced before giant screens…

Down comes the house that Sandy built: Cottage that became symbol of hurricane is bulldozed as America moves on

Down comes the house that Sandy built: Cottage that became symbol of hurricane is bulldozed as America moves onPrincess Cottage in New Jersey is razed to the ground in just 15 minutesThe house had remained standing despite being ripped in half by the winds150-year-old waterfront property is one of 50 in the area being demolished | UPDATED: 11:18 GMT, 24 December 2012 The waterfront house that became the symbol of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy has been torn down. Princess Cottage in New Jersey had been ripped in half by the devastating winds that battered the east coast of the United States in October. A bulldozers finished the job on Friday, tearing down the 150-year Front Street house in the seaside town of Union Beach

Sir John Betjeman"s daughter drops a bomb on Nick Boles

Betjeman girl drops a bomb on Boles… By Quentin Letts PUBLISHED: 20:47 GMT, 21 December 2012 | UPDATED: 21:38 GMT, 21 December 2012 Minister with plans: Nick Boles wants to make building easier for developers Planning minister Nick Boles has been given a right kick up Santa’s chimney by the daughter of Sir John Betjeman

Sophie Wessex"s daughter Lady Louise Windsor wears timeless "princess coat" to Ascot

A coat that really lasts the ages: Sophie's daughter Lady Louise wears timeless regal garment that's been worn by every female Royal since a very young Queen | UPDATED: 20:29 GMT, 21 December 2012 In the fickle world of fashion few things remain unchanged over the years. But it seems female Royals down the ages have been able to count on one timeless garment when braving inclement weather on special occasions.