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The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter is the only attraction where guests can see behind the scenes of the Harry Potter franchise.

  • The £100 million studio is the first of its kind to be built in 70 years
  • It accounts for one third of the feature film production stage space in the UK
  • It is the only film studio in the country to be owned and operated by a major Hollywood studio
  • Home to all eight Harry Potter films, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Goldeneye and Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow
  • The studio has nine sound stages, a 100 acre back-lot, and one of the largest underwater filming tanks in Europe

Bear Grylls: Kate 'incredible role model' for Scouts

The Duchess of Cambridge has met with adventurer and TV star Bear Grylls at the National Review of Queen's Scouts, held at Windsor Castle today.

Duchess of Cambridge meets Chief Scout Bear Grylls (2nd L) and Sea Scout Rob Butcher (2nd R). Credit: Reuters/ Olivia Harris

Grylls - who became the UK's youngest Chief Scout in 2009 aged 34 - said Kate was an "incredible role model" who helped show that Scouting was not just for boys.

Grylls said: "She's also such a generous volunteer and everyone is so excited to have her in the Scouting family. Many people have followed her lead and are getting involved and enjoying the adventure."


Duchess of Cambridge greets Scout award winners

The Duchess of Cambridge met with youngsters today, who had received gallantry awards for everyday bravery at the annual National Review of Queen's Scouts at Windsor Castle.

The annual celebration dates back 80 years, with tens of thousands of young men and women being honoured during that time with King's or Queen's Scout Award for their outstanding personal achievements.

Kate meets with Scouts at prestigious celebration

Four hundred youngsters and their families from across the UK and around the Commonwealth flocked to the prestigious National Review of Queen's Scouts at Windsor Castle.

The pregnant Duchess of Cambridge handed out Scouting honours in a light green Mulberry coat.

Kate Middleton meets Scouts at the annual celebration.
Scouting band plays for Kate Middleton.
Kate talks to Scouts honoured at the annual celebration.

Duchess of Cambridge hands out Scouting awards

The Duchess of Cambridge has honoured the high achievements of hundreds of Scouts at an annual celebration at Windsor Castle.

Kate Middleton hands out Scouting awards.

Despite being six months pregnant, the royal is increasing her charitable workload and is now patron of seven organisations as well as being a volunteer with the Scout Association. Kate joined the Scouts last year.

Today most of the youngsters received Queen's Scouts awards - the highest a Scout can gain - for achievements including carrying out regular community service for a year.

LRB defends Hilary Mantel over Kate comments

The London Review of Books has attempted to clarify comments made by Hilary Mantel about the Duchess of Cambridge, saying the author was actually criticising the media.


What Mantel really wrote is about how the media make the royals suffer: 'I’m asking us to back off and not be brutes.'


In pictures: Duchess of Cambridge's charity visit

The Duchess of Cambridge, as Patron of Action on Addiction, is visiting the charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, south London.

The Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by staff at Hope House in Clapham. Credit: Pool
The Duchess of Cambridge talks to charity staff. Credit: Pool
The Duchess of Cambridge talks to women who have benefited from the charity. Credit: Pool

Charity chief shows support for 'natural' Kate

The Duchess of Cambridge has been defended by a charity chief executive after a scathing attack by novelist Hilary Mantel.

Nick Barton, who heads Action on Addiction, which Kate supports as patron, described her as an "intelligent" woman genuinely interested in the work of his organisation.

During a lecture, Mantel, the double Booker Prize winner, said Kate appeared to have been "gloss-varnished" with a perfect plastic smile, in contrast to Princess Diana, who she described as awkward and emotionally incontinent.

Kate is currently touring the addiction charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, south London.

Asked for his reaction to Mantel's criticisms, Mr Barton said: "I don't think it's for me to comment on that kind of stuff. I speak of what I know - somebody who wants to help, is helpful and genuinely interested and is intelligent.

"I can only speak (of) what I know. I've met her several times and I found her to be engaging, I found her very natural, I found her actually genuinely interested in the subject."

Duchess of Cambridge visits London treatment centre

The Duchess of Cambridge, as Patron of Action on Addiction, is visiting the charity's Hope House treatment centre in Clapham, south London this morning.

The Duchess of Cambridge. Credit: ITN

Hope House offers a safe, secure and comfortable place for women to recover from substance dependence and receive additional support for other compulsive disorders.

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Hope House. Credit: ITN

It is the first time Kate has been seen in public after photographs of her on holiday in Mustique were published by foreign media.

Read: Novelist attacks Duchess as 'shop-window mannequin'

Clegg 'modernising out-of-date' royal succession rules

The reforms couldn't be more timely, given the fantastic news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby.

The other Commonwealth countries where Her Majesty The Queen is head of state have just given us the green light to change the law, and we are wasting no time.

At the moment, if the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is a girl, any younger brothers she has will overtake her in line to the throne.

We're modernising these out-of-date rules so that men and women in line to the Throne have equal rights.

– Deputy Prime minister Nick Clegg
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