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Queen to formally name Royal Navy's biggest ever ship

The Queen will formally name the Royal Navy's biggest ever ship at Rosyth Dockyard in Fife today.

She will smash a bottle of Islay malt whisky against the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth during the traditional naming ceremony.

The vessel is the largest ever built for the navy.

The Queen will be accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh at the event, with Labour leader Ed Miliband and First Minister Alex Salmond - along with his 92-year-old naval veteran father Robert - also due to attend.

The ship and a second vessel, the HMS Prince of Wales, are the largest warships ever built for the navy at a cost of £6.2 billion.

HMS Queen Elizabeth will have 679 permanent crew and capacity for 1,600 crew members when fully operational.

Duke and Duchess watch Murray in Wimbledon quarters

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge cheered on Andy Murray during his Wimbledon quarter-final clash with Grigor Dimitrov today.

The Duchess of Cambridge sits next to AELTC Chairman Philip Brook in the Royal Box on Centre Court. Credit: Empics

Kate paid homage to the All England Club's strict fashion rules for players by wearing a white dress by Australian brand Zimmermann.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in the Royal Box. Credit: Empics

William and Kate were joined in the Royal Box by Princess Beatrice, comedian Michael McIntyre and England rugby union coach Stuart Lancaster on a sunny, warm day at SW19 where the temperature was due to reach 22C (71.6F).

Murray lost the first set to his Bulgarian opponent.



Prince Harry gets a 'beer hat' in Chilean shanty town

Prince Harry visited a Chilean shanty town community whose homes were destroyed by devastating wildfires on the fourth day of his official visit to Brazil and Chile.

The fourth in line to the throne even fixed a family's television.

Prince Harry was presented with a Chile 'Beer hat' in Valpariso. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

Thousands were left homeless and 15 people were killed when the flames struck in and around the port of Valparaiso in April.

Harry was welcomed into the temporary home of three families in El Vergel, where almost all the wooden properties were destroyed leaving 100 families homeless.

Prince Harry was shown the devastation left by the Valparaiso fire. Credit: Lewis Whyld/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

Fire fighters spent two days battling the wildfires but hardest hit were the slum dwellers living in shacks built on steep hills overlooking the city.

Prince Harry had tea with residents of Valparaiso Credit: Lewis Whyld/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

When visiting the home of Coca Perez, 50, and her teenage son and daughter, the Prince noticed their television was not working properly.

Mrs Perez said: "He looked at it and he started to fiddle with the cable. He managed to get it working so we could watch Chile playing Brazil. Now I can tell everyone that Prince Harry is my TV repair man."

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Ex-PM admits changing policy after talks with Queen

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major occasionally changed policy as a result of discussions with the Queen, a BBC documentary revealed.

The Queen and former British Prime Minister John Major Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Matthews/Pool

Asked if he remembered being influenced by the Queen, Sir John said: "I think every prime minister can think that, and can think of occasions where that happened.

"But the answer is yes of course. It would be very foolish indeed not to be influenced."

Read: Prince Charles asked Blair's govt for 'more grammar schools'

Former PM 'supported Charles' policy intervention'

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major supported Prince Charles' policy interventions, BBC documentary revealed.

I think it is encouraging that the Prince of Wales is entirely free from his unique perspective to write to ministers or the prime minister in a way that is invariably intended to be helpful, and I think to cut that off, or to make sure those letters are much more bland than they otherwise might be, would be a loss.

– John Major, former Prime Minister

The BBC documentary, The Royal Activist, revealed how Prince Charles tried to persuade Tony Blair's government to expand grammar schools in one of his bids to change the government's policies.

Read: Prince Charles asked Blair's govt for 'more grammar schools'

Prince Charles 'campaigned for more grammar schools'

Prince Charles campaigned for more grammar schools during the time of Tony Blair's government, the former education secretary has said.

"He was very keen that we should go back to a different era where youngsters had what he would have seen as the opportunity to escape from their background, whereas I wanted to change their background," David Blunkett said.

Prince Charles campaigned for more grammar schools, a documentary reveals Credit: REUTERS/Susana Vera

The Prince of Wales didn't like" it when his request was refused, according to a BBC Radio 4 documentary.

"I would explain that our policy was not to expand grammar schools, and he didn't like that."

Mr Blunkett is one of three former cabinet ministers interviewed for the documentary, The Royal Activist, the BBC reported.

Mr Blunkett added: "I can see constitutionally that there's an argument that the heir to the throne should not get involved in controversy; the honest truth is I didn't mind."

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