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Arbiter: 'There will be three heirs in waiting'

Dickie Arbiter, a former press secretary to the Queen, said the birth will be historic.

He said, "There will be three heirs in waiting while the sovereign is fit and well".

Mr Arbiter said William will be by the Duchess' side supporting her but the Royal Family will not visit once the new addition arrives.

Dickie Arbiter, a former press secretary to the Queen. Credit: PA Wire

"I was here 31 years ago when William was born so we have come full circle. You did not have 24-hour news in those days, though there was a very large media presence and the hospital across from the Lindo Wing was just a wall.

"The family will be waiting like any other family for news of the baby. The Queen will be the first to be informed because William will telephone her as soon as something happens."

Picture: Prince Charles visits Calendar region

Prince Charles prepares for his visit to Yorkshire Credit: PA

Parts of the region are preparing for a royal visitor today as Prince Charles comes to Yorkshire.

He will visit the Railway Museum in York to mark the 75th anniversary of the Mallard Locomotive. The Prince of Wales will then make his way onto various other locations across the Calendar region.


Video: A Royal welcome at one Halifax school

Now, if you go to a certain school in Halifax think yourselves lucky - because it's fit for a Princess, apparently.

Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York officially opened Halifax Trinity Academy today - and said she wishes SHE had attended the school. Afterwards the Royal - who's own choice of outfit often causes heads to turn - was treated to a fashion show at Huddersfield University.

Chocolat author gets MBE

Author Joanne Harris Credit: PA

Chocolat author, Joanne Harris, has been made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. The Barnsley born novelist, who worked as a teacher before turning to writing said she was "surprised" when she found out about the honour.

The 48-year-old, who is married with one daughter, said she had not given much thought to her visit to the palace to accept the award, saying :"I'm only at the 'Shall I buy a hat?' stage."


Video: Man held over defaced portrait of Queen

A man from South Yorkshire is being questioned by police on suspicion of defacing a portrait of the Queen in Westminster Abbey.

The 41 year-old man, believed to be a Father4Justice campaigner, is said to have attempted to write the word "help" on an oil painting of Her Majesty in an attempt to draw attention to the issue of shared parenting.

Special service in York to mark Queen's Coronation

A general view of York Minster Credit: PA

The 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty the Queen will be celebrated at York Minster today with a special service.

Her Majesty the Queen Credit: PA

The service of Choral Evensong, which takes place at 4pm, is part of the nationwide celebration of the Queen's coronation, which was held in Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 2 June 1953.

As well as performances by cathedral chamber choir Cantus, the service will include a prayer written by Westminster Abbey with the Queen's approval, which will be used in the Service of Thanksgiving at the Abbey on 4 June.

Read: York Minster, Choir and Music

RIchard III's untidy grave

The remains of King Richard III, which were discovered under a city car park, were found in a hastily dug, untidy grave, researchers have revealed.

Academics from the University of Leicester said the bones of the last Plantagenet king were placed in an odd position and the torso crammed in. He was casually placed in a badly prepared grave, suggesting gravediggers were in a hurry to bury him or had little respect for the murdered king.

The lozenge-shaped grave was too short to contain the body conventionally, and there is evidence to suggest his hands might have been tied when he was buried.

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