• Prince Charles believes he is 'collateral damage' in Tory 'access for cash' scandal

    The Prince of Wales believes he has become "collateral damage" in a bitter dispute engulfing the Conservative Party. A wealthy client of the nephew of the Duchess of Cornwall was given access to Prince Charles, prompting accusations that Ben Elliot, now chairman of the Tory Party, had profited from his family ties. Mohamed Amersi, 61, a telecoms tycoon, paid a membership fee for a number of years to Quintessentially, Mr Elliot’s luxury concierge company, before it arranged a meeting with the pri

  • The Crown: First image released of Imelda Staunton as the Queen in Netflix series

    Netflix has released the first image of Imelda Staunton portraying the Queen in the forthcoming series of The Crown. The 65-year-old actress is following in the footsteps of Olivia Colman and Claire Foy to play the monarch in the award-winning drama about the Royal Family. The first-look image of Staunton in character shows her as the Queen in later life, sporting a mustard blouse and cropped hair.

  • 'The Crown's' New Queen Is Here

    A new still of Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II marks a first glimpse of the upcoming fifth season.

  • The Crown reveals first picture of Imelda Staunton as the Queen

    Netflix has released the first image showing Imelda Staunton in character as the Queen in The Crown. Filming of the lavish drama is reported to have started in the UK earlier this month, with a new cast making their debuts as members of the Royal family. Staunton, 65, steps into the role played by Claire Foy and then Olivia Colman, who made her debut as the monarch in the third series, which launched in November 2019. A first-look image of Staunton in character pictures her as the queen in later

  • The secret letters that reveal the hidden warmth of the Queen’s grandmother

    After the Queen’s tumultuous year – the Oprah bombshell, Prince Philip’s death, then the disquieting reports of Prince Harry’s forthcoming memoirs – there is, at last, some cheering news for our monarch. A precious cache of unknown letters from her grandmother, Queen Mary, has been discovered. These show Queen Mary in a benevolent light and pay homage to her friendship with her Lady-in-Waiting, Lady Eva Dugdale, who was her aide for 27 years. Thanks to her flinty portrayal in The Crown and the i

  • 'The Crown' releases a first look at Imelda Staunton as the Queen

    The actress will take over from Olivia Colman for the final two series of the Netflix drama