London semi where North Korean Supreme leader's man keeps watch… on The X Factor North Korean embassy is based near Acton Town tube station in a bay-windowed 1920s homeCarry On star Sid James lived down the same streetThe wife of Korean ambassador Hyon Hak Bong went out shopping as normal on Friday despite tensions in North Korea By Mail On Sunday Reporter PUBLISHED: 21:02 GMT, 6 April 2013 | UPDATED: 21:47 GMT, 6 April 2013 There is an unlikely corner of England that is forever North Korea. To get there, turn left out of Acton Town Tube station, right at the BP garage and walk past the cricket ground, but not quite as far as the mock-Tudor semi with the blue plaque where Carry On star Sid James lived
Kate and Pippa, the child stars of Uncle Gary's first wedding: Sisters pictured as bridesmaids By Rebecca English PUBLISHED: 23:02 GMT, 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:36 GMT, 20 March 2013 She grew up to become one of the world's most famous brides. Eighteen years earlier however, the Duchess of Cambridge was starring at another wedding
Afghan president tells his ministers to cut costs while staying at Claridge's (suite 7,000 a night) with entourage of 40, and you pick up the bill Hamid Karzai issued decree telling officials to cut back on expensive tripsSame day he checks into exclusive London hotel costing up to 7k a nightAfghan premier was in UK for peace talks with Pakistan president Zardari By Jason Groves PUBLISHED: 10:21 GMT, 8 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 9 February 2013 His war-torn country is one of the poorest in the world. But Afghan President Hamid Karzai showed he has a taste for the finer things in life this week – by asking the British taxpayer to put him and his 40-strong entourage up at Claridge’s during a stay in London
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…
Met police chief branded 'extremely foolish' over handling of Plebgate to be knighted a year after taking up roleAlso been called a bully who has left staff exhausted and demoralisedOne critic questioned the value of 'archaic custom' which means honour is automatically handed out to every commissioner | UPDATED: 00:02 GMT, 29 December 2012 Britain's most senior police officer will receive a knighthood in the midst of the most turbulent period of his command. Bernard Hogan-Howe is being honoured little more than a year after taking up the role of Metropolitan Police commissioner
Lotto couple who won 1million want compensation from Queen's bank after 'wrong advice' left them with just 10k-a-year to live onThe couple from Devon are now hoping to win a substantial amount of compensation from the 320-year-old private bankAllege they should have been treated as 'vulnerable people' due to the unexpected surprise of their overnight win in 2001 | UPDATED: 17:25 GMT, 22 December 2012 The bank used by the Queen is being chased for compensation by a couple who won 1million, but were left with 10,000 a year to live on after being given the ‘wrong advice’.
Pippa's new job is hardly a happy accident | UPDATED: 09:38 GMT, 18 December 2012 Close to the throne: Pippa's reported 370,000 contract with NBC is their way of ensuring authentic coverage of the Royals Pippa Middleton’s reported offer of a 370,000 contract with US TV network NBC is in line with its creepy habit of hiring individuals close to the throne, hoping they’ll lend an aura of authenticity to royal coverage.
'Who can one trust' Paul Burrell's disgust at betrayal of Royal Family secrets revealed in auction letters (but it didn't stop him cashing in 20 years later) Princess Diana's former butler talks of his disgust in letters written in 1982 Tells of anger at Prince Charles' former valet revealing 'most personal secrets'Paul Burrell wrote to a friend also revealing tender Royal Family momentsThe letters are being sold at auction in west London tomorrow | UPDATED: 14:31 GMT, 14 December 2012 Princess Diana's former butler Paul Burrell wrote of his disgust that anyone could reveal the Royal family's 'most personal secrets' 20 years before he did the same himself. Letters he wrote to a friend when he served as the Queen's footman in 1982 show his reaction to the publishing of the memoirs of Prince Charles' former valet Stephen Barry
60 heroes for 60 years: Queen's Jubilee tribute to groups that inspire millions of volunteers | UPDATED: 00:09 GMT, 12 December 2012 The Queen will today hail the inspirational work of volunteers in 60 organisations as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The Scouts, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and St John Ambulance are among those on the roll of honour with whom Her Majesty has a long history. Newer outfits include Team London Ambassadors – who in pink and purple uniforms helped visitors to the Olympics and Parlaympics – as well as the England and Wales Cricket Board, and StreetGames UK, which helps bring sport to the disadvantaged
Sikh soldier makes history as he guards Buckingham Palace wearing turban instead of traditional bearskin | UPDATED: 22:41 GMT, 11 December 2012 Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace yesterday also offered a glimpse into the changing face of Britain.