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Prince Andrew completes charity abseil down the Shard


Prince Andrew undertook the stunt to raise money for charity. The Prince started his abseil on the 87th floor and is made his way down to the 20th.

New appointments to the Order of the Thistle


The Queen has been pleased to appoint Prince William, The Earl of Strathearn, to be a Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle.


Appointments to the Order of the Thistle are entirely in the personal gift of The Queen and are not made on the advice of the Prime Minister, as are most other Honours.

The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle represents the highest honour in Scotland. Revived by King James VII, the Order has a complement of 16 Knights (KT). In 1987, The Queen decided that ladies should be eligible for the Thistle in the same way as men.

The Motto of the Order is Nemo Me Impune Lacessit (No one provokes me with impunity).

A list of the current holders of the Order is as follows:


Her Majesty The Queen
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, K.G., K.T., O.M., G.B.E., A.C., Q.S.O.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Rothesay, K.G., K.T., G.C.B., O.M., A.K., Q.S.O., A.D.C.
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, K.G., K.T., G.C.V.O., Q.S.O.


The Earl of Airlie K.T., G.C.V.O. (Chancellor of the Order of the Thistle)
The Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, K.T., C.D.
The Viscount of Arbuthnott, K.T., C.B.E., D.S.C.,
The Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, K.T., G.C.V.O.
Lady Marion Fraser, L.T.
The Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden, K.T.
The Lord Mackay of Clashfern, K.T.
The Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, K.T, G.C.M.G.
The Lord Sutherland of Houndwood, K.T
Sir Eric Anderson, K.T.
The Lord Steel of Aikwood, K.T., K.B.E.,
The Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, K.T., G.C.M.G.
The Lord Cullen of Whitekirk, K.T.
Sir Garth Morrison, K.T., C.B.E.
The Lord Hope of Craighead, K.T.
The Lord Patel, K.T.

Duke of Edinburgh joins Queen at Highland Games


The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh defied the chilly and damp conditions to attend their annual Highland Games outing at the Braemar Gathering.

The Queen and Prince Philip brave cold to watch Braemar Gathering


Duke of Edinburgh attends annual Highland Games event after spending part of last week in hospital.

Diana, Princess of Wales, in pictures


In pictures: the life and times of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Duke of Cambridge to complete tour planned by Princess Diana


The Duke of Cambridge will carry out an emotionally-charged engagement which his mother had been due to fulfil before her life was cut short when he visits Singapore as part of a Diamond Jubilee tour next month.

3,600 complain about The Sun printing Prince Harry pictures…but palace stays silent


There have been 3,600 complaints to the press watchdog about naked photographs of Prince Harry published in the Sun.

Harry sends message of support for Paralympics games


Prince Harry has released a message expressing his support for the Paralympic games, it comes following a week of intense press scrutiny after compromising photos of him on holiday in Las Vegas were leaked.

Digging for dirt on the Hunchback King


Archaeologists may have found the resting place of Richard III – but what is the truth about this mysterious monarch? Sarah Rainey reports

Prince Harry pictures: Hen party surprised by lack of security


Members of a hen party that Prince Harry joined in Las Vegas say they were surprised at lack of royal security.

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