Kate joins in with a music session at the hospice.

The Princess and the frog!

The Duchess of Cambridge took part in a nursery rhyme session and played with a frog hand puppet during her visit to a Middlesex hospice.

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Queen given bird's eye view of London from The Shard

The Queen has been given a bird's eye view of London at the top of The Shard. Standing 1,016 ft high both the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were given a spectacular view of the skyline.

The Queen at the top of The Shard Credit: PA Wire

The Royal couple were taken to levels 69 and 72 of the landmark building in London Bridge for a tour and to take in the view.

.The Queen looks at a machine that zooms on on parts of the skyline Credit: PA Wire

The tour was part of a visit to a scheme which helps to pay for some of the poorest students go to university. The Southwark Scholarship Scheme removes the financial burden of going to university for high achievers who would otherwise have struggled to be able to afford it.

.Duke of Edinburgh looking at the skyline Credit: PA Wire

William enjoys young designer's cleaning game

William launched BAFTA's Give Something Back scheme Credit: Jeremy Selwyn/Evening Standard

Despite lamenting his own "useless" video gaming skills, the Duke of Cambridge was brave enough to put them to the test in front of a room of onlookers today.

William, who was visiting BAFTA today to launch its Give Something Back appeal, also road-tested several games while attending BAFTA's Young Game Designers Workshop.

The Duke enjoyed playing a cleaning iPad game and speaking to young designers Credit: Jeremy Selwyn/Evening Standard

The Duke had his chance soon after his speech, trying games with titles such as Hamster: Accidental World Domination, Vacuum Panic and Smiley Dodgems, which were made by previous young design award winners.

William spent a good portion of his time trying his hand at Vacuum Panic, where the aim is to clean a bedroom before 'mum' comes in to check it.

"I'm not cleaning particularly well, I'm just going around in circles," he told designer Charlie Hutton-Pattermore as his fingers flicked over the iPad screen in front of him.


Charles' new scheme to curb gang violence

Charles in Sri Lanka.
Charles in Sri Lanka. Credit: : Chris Jackson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Prince Charles is to launch a campaign to boost the numbers of young volunteers in a bid to curb gang violence.

The Prince of Wales told the The Mail on Sunday that street murders can occur because young people lack structured activities.

Charles will join the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition at Buckingham Palace this week along with 50 young people to launch a pledge campaign called #iwill.

Charles said that currently only 29 per cent of young people volunteer regularly, but wants 50 per cent of youngsters aged 10-20 to volunteer by 2020.

Prince Harry heads off for South Pole trek

Prince Harry with his team-mates.
Prince Harry with his team-mates. Credit: PA

Prince Harry is leaving today to start his trek to the South Pole.

The Prince will join a team of four injured British soldiers as they take on groups from the Commonwealth and the United States in the 200-mile Walking With the Wounded charity trek.

All three teams depart London today for Cape Town, South Africa.

Prince Harry was all the smiles at the launch of the trek last week.
Prince Harry was all smiles at the launch of the trek last week. Credit: ITV News

They are due to arrive in Novo, Antarctica around December 1st depending on the weather.

The aim is to complete the expedition by December 17th.

Actors Dominic West and Alexander Skarsgard are also taking part.

Even Prince Harry's waxwork at Madame Tussards has had a makeover ahead of his trek to the South Pole.
Even Prince Harry's waxwork at Madame Tussards has had a makeover ahead of his trek to the South Pole. Credit: PA

Prince Harry prepares for South Pole trek

Prince Harry will lead the UK team to the South Pole.
Prince Harry will lead the UK team to the South Pole. Credit: Robert Leveritt

Prince Harry will join service men and women from Walking with the Wounded in Trafalgar Square ahead of his South Pole trek.

Three teams set off for the South Pole on 1st December, the Prince will be heading up the from the UK team who will race the Commonwealth and American teams.

Read more: Prince Harry trains for South Pole Walk With The Wounded trek


Harry waxwork given South Pole makeover before trek

A Madame Tussauds waxwork of Prince Harry has been given an icy makeover ahead of the royal's trek to the South Pole later this month.

Make-up artist Luisa Compobussi puts the finishing touches on a wax figure of Prince Harry. Credit: PA
The figure was given an snowy makeover ahead of the Prince's race to the South Police later this month. Credit: PA
Harry will lead the Walking With The Wounded charity on the trek to the South Pole. Credit: PA



Crowds gather in Ypres for Armistice Day ceremony

Crowds have gathered at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, where the Duke of Edinburgh today honours fallen troops at the scene of some of the First World War's most deadly battles.

The Menin Gate in Ypres, where the Last Post ceremony takes place. Credit: ITV News
The Duke of Edinburgh will be among those paying tribute in Ypres. Credit: ITV News
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