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David Squires on … everything kicking off at Sandringham FC

Our cartoonist checks in on the deal involving wantaway big names in the January windowTake a look through David’s archive of cartoonsBuy a copy of this cartoon from our print shop Continue reading…

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Prince Harry to make Rugby League World Cup draw as planned

Duke of Sussex to conduct proceedings at Buckingham Palace in role as sport’s patronPrince Harry’s first public engagement since announcing that he and Meghan are to step back from their royal duties is to go ahead as planned on Thursday, when he condu…

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The racehorse auction in Prince William’s garden where millions change hands

‘It’s called the sport of kings for a reason,’ says head of Goffs, which runs the unusual sale before AscotOn one side of Jubilee Walk, a path that crosses Kensington Gardens towards Kensington Palace, children are laughing as they play on a wooden pir…

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Royal Windsor Horse Show condemned for Bahraini sponsorship

Event being used by kingdom to distract from human rights abuses, complaint allegesThe UK’s largest outdoor horse show, which is patronised by the Queen, faces accusations that it is being used by the Bahraini royal family to distract from human rights…

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Road safety tips from Half Man Half Biscuit | Letters

Liverpool FC | Public sector workers | Royal parks | Keeping 2 Chevrons Apart | Thatcher’s panda phobiaAs a lifelong Stockport County supporter, I’d have more sympathy with Southampton fans bemoaning another player leaving for Liverpool (Letters, 29 De…

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Queen praises Paralympic athletes’ ‘magnificent performance’ at Rio

Team achieved greatest gold medal tally since 1988 and success reflects athletes’ ‘talent and commitment’, says monarch

The Queen has praised Britain’s Paralympic athletes, describing their achievements as a “magnificent performance” in a message sent to the sportsmen and women.

The ParalympicsGB team won 64 golds at the Rio Games, the most by a British team since 1988, and147 medals in total.

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Queen praises Paralympic athletes’ ‘magnificent performance’ at Rio

Team achieved greatest gold medal tally since 1988 and success reflects athletes’ ‘talent and commitment’, says monarch

The Queen has praised Britain’s Paralympic athletes, describing their achievements as a “magnificent performance” in a message sent to the sportsmen and women.

The ParalympicsGB team won 64 golds at the Rio Games, the most by a British team since 1988, and147 medals in total.

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Twelve goals at Goodison Park (and two referees): archive, 13 May 1935

13 May 1935: Football League team wins 10-2 in a charity match for the King’s Jubilee trust fund

Football League 10, Irish and Welsh 2

What’s in a name? A great deal in football, it seems. A regrettably thin crowd went to Goodison Park, Liverpool, on Saturday to see two fine teams play a most entertaining match for the King’s Jubilee Trust Fund. Had these teams been labelled “Liverpool” and “Everton” and the match been called “F.A. Cup, sixth-round tie,” the ground would hardly have held the people eager to see it.

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Aston Villa fan Prince William would love to bring George to football games

• Duke of Cambridge would need to ask ‘the missus’ for permission
• Villa fan impressed by Tim Sherwood’s management of FA Cup finalists

The Duke of Cambridge has revealed he would “love” to attend football matches with his son Prince George in the near future but he will have to “pass that by the missus”.

William, an Aston Villa supporter, said it would be “fantastic” if his 22-month-old son decided to follow the club, although “it will probably end up being that Charlotte is the Villa fan”.

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Aston Villa fan Prince William would love to bring George to football games

• Duke of Cambridge would need to ask ‘the missus’ for permission
• Villa fan impressed by Tim Sherwood’s management of FA Cup finalists

The Duke of Cambridge has revealed he would “love” to attend football matches with his son Prince George in the near future but he will have to “pass that by the missus”.

William, an Aston Villa supporter, said it would be “fantastic” if his 22-month-old son decided to follow the club, although “it will probably end up being that Charlotte is the Villa fan”.

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George Washington, George III and baseball

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Rich and from somewhere else: the Nets and royals are a perfect match

Prince William and Kate will be at the Barclays Center tonight, where the makeover couple will meet the makeover team

On Monday night, two members of the British royal family, the Duke and Duchess of Kent – or Prince William and Kate Middleton as they sometimes call themselves – will take their place in the steep-pitched stands at Barclays Center as the Brooklyn Nets play host to LeBron James’s rejuvenated Cleveland Cavaliers. The royals? That doesn’t sound right. Horseracing, polo, croquet and rugby: these are the sports of royals. Basketball, with its street edge, minimal rulekeeping and pick-up spontaneity, seems to represent the antithesis of stagey, ceremony-bound royalty. And basketball fandom, in New York at least, is most closely associated with the twin figures of a firebrand black film director and his ultra-neurotic, over-thinking Jewish counterpart – two people as intellectually removed from the pretty, comfortably smug projections of the royal couple as it’s possible to get.

The royals’ trip across the East River is testament to the nascent star power of the host borough. Everyone wants a bit of Brooklyn these days. Everyone needs their Brooklyn Experience – even the heirs to the House of Windsor. The royal couple will jet in to the Barclays fresh from a flying visit to Washington DC to congratulate Barack Obama and Joe Biden on losing the Senate; they’ll also take in the 9/11 memorial in downtown Manhattan. Once those rote check-ins have been dealt with, it’ll be all Brooklyn. Although it’s hard to think of a part of Brooklyn less representative of the borough as a whole than that desperate, striving stretch around the junction of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, with its jumble of crap malls and pretensions to identity-free commercial sleekness: the Barclays Center paints a Brooklyn that exists, in reality, only around the Barclays Center.

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Royal horse’s failed drug test unlikely to have long-term ramifications

News that Gold Cup winner tested positive for morphine is an embarrassment for Queen but nothing more serious than that Continue reading…

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Royal horse’s failed drug test unlikely to have long-term ramifications

News that Gold Cup winner tested positive for morphine is an embarrassment for Queen but nothing more serious than that Continue reading…

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Loom bands the rubber bracelet craze sweeping the nation’s playgrounds

Weaved into fish tails, railroads, dragon scales, and inverted hexafish, the humble rubber band has become a major fad and an accessory for stars from Miley Cyrus and Harry Styles to David Beckham and the Duchess of Cambridge Continue reading…

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Prince William honours Andy Murray with OBE at his first investiture

Duke of Cambridge also bestows two knighthoods and a host of other awards in foretaste of what lies ahead for the second in line

The Duke of Cambridge has conducted his first investiture ceremony. With the steady hand of the Sandhurst-trained, Prince William wielded his great-grandfather George VI’s ceremonial sword to bestow two knighthoods without mishap and pinned a plethora of medals on proud chests with military precision.

Among the recipients gathered in the Buckingham Palace ballroom on Thursday was Wimbledon, Olympic and 2012 US Open champion Andy Murray, 26, who had to undergo a dope test before collecting his OBE. “In middle of a drug test hahaha I’m goin be late!!!” the world No 4 tweeted, though he made it on time, arriving with his girlfriend Kim Sears and his parents Willie and Judy in a chauffeur-driven people carrier.

Tennis star and prince chatted for about a minute. “Was it that long?” Murray said afterwards. “It felt like it flew by.” The two talked about Murray’s recent back surgery, which has kept him off court.

He joked that he had received congratulatory notes from both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after his Wimbledon triumph “and I told him her handwriting is fantastic compared to his”.

“It was obviously a big occasion, being his first one [investiture]. He seemed pretty relaxed to me. He gave everyone a fair amount of time. I’m sure he enjoyed it.”

Investitures are part of the bread and butter of the royal diary and the day was another taste of what lies ahead for the duke, 31, second in line to the throne.

His grandmother, the Queen, has personally conducted more than 610 since her first, on 27 February 1952, when among other honours she bestowed the Victoria Cross on Private William Speakman, from Altringham and of The King’s Own Scottish Borderers, for his “utter contempt at personal danger beyond praise” during the Korean war.

The elderly monarch now suffers from bouts of sciatica and knee problems, not helped by having to stand for at least an hour during the ceremonies, which are held 25 times a year, and will undoubtedly be pleased to see her grandson step up. The Prince of Wales, Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the royal family also deputise under a “dispensation warrant” when the Queen is unable.

The duke has recently left the RAF and is now on what officials term a “transitional year” while he searches for another full-time role and undertakes a growing number of royal duties to prepare him for eventual kingship.

He presented awards to diverse recipients from across the UK, including an OBE to television comedy producer Jon Plowman, an MBE to presenter Aled Jones and an MBE to Helen Butler, a woman dedicated to the conservation of red squirrels on the Isle of Wight.

Prepping up on each individual would have been one of the tasks he had to undertake beforehand, in order to chat knowledgeably to each. However, there was no confirmation of reports that the duke practised sword-dubbing on the servants before his debut.

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Prince William said Ashley Cole had been ‘naughty’. What a loaded word

For adults, it is full of nudge-nudge suggestion, while to call a child it is no longer acceptableOpening the new England football academy in Burton-on-Trent Tuesday, Prince William reportedly warned Ashley Cole, the Chelsea defender currently under fi…