Last updated: 13:39 GMT, 20 December 2017

Meghan Markle joins royals for the Queen's Christmas lunch

Meghan Markle has arrived at Buckingham Palace to join members of the royal family at the Queen's annual Christmas lunch. Prince Harry drove himself and his radiant bride-to-be (the couple are seen centre) through the gates today ahead of his grandmother's traditional family gathering - a chance for the monarch to catch up with those relatives who won't be joining her at Sandringham in Norfolk to celebrate Christmas Day. Prince Charles (inset, centre) and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (above left) and their children were also seen arriving at the palace. Prince William was snapped at the wheel, with pregnant Kate in the passenger seat, and Prince George visible in the back seat (below left). Princesses Eugenie (top right) and Beatrice (below right) waved as they were driven through the gates ahead of today's lunch, which is expected to be the first time Meghan has met many members of the extended royal family.

Stepfather of boy who drowned jailed for seven years 

NEW Charlie Dunn (left) was found at the bottom of the Blue Lagoon pond at Bosworth Water Park in Leicestershire in July last year by children looking for some goggles. Paul Smith (right) has been jailed at Birmingham Crown Court for seven-and-a-half years for gross negligence manslaughter, witness intimidation and a driving offence.His mother Lyndsey, 28, was given an 8 month suspended sentence after she admitted two counts of child cruelty and appears to be standing by her partner (pictured together). The boy, who could not swim, was pulled from the water by other children who felt his lifeless body beneath their feet in the water in July 2016. His stepfather was seen smoking nearby and heard exclaiming: 'For f***'s sake, we're ready to go. I don't know where he f****** is.'

Liane Wilkinson (pictured) had been downing Champagne at a barbecue before she left her husband to watch Germany play Italy in Euro 2016 at a pub in Dunstable.

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Channel 5 carried out a nationwide poll to determine which biscuit is truly Britain's favourite, and the results were revealed on the show Britain's Favourite Biscuit, which aired on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister acknowledged the date of the UK's departure could be changed as she caved in to avoid an embarrassing second defeat in the Common tonight.

Naseeb Chuhan, 21, from Leeds, was found hanged after his debts spiraled and his death has led to a coroner demanding a financial watchdog investigate students being handed dangerous loans.

Mother begs judge to JAIL her drug-addict daughter

Kimberly Probert, from Worcester, 30, pictured, has been jailed over Christmas after her mother Wendy asked a trial judge to remand her in custody in an effort to help her address her drug problem. She appeared in Worcester Crown Court for sentencing after admitting a string of thefts and attempted thefts. Mrs Probert told Judge Daniel Pearce-Higgins that she wanted her daughter to receive treatment for her addiction.

Shocking moment driver deliberately swerves his Ford Mondeo into a cyclist knocking him to the ground 

Dashcam footage captured Ashley Merrett ploughing into the cyclist following an altercation on the road in Colchester. The 30-year-old admitted dangerous driving, causing actual bodily harm and common assault at Ipswich Crown Court this week and will be sentenced in February next year. Video shows Merrett braking heavily near the cyclist, who gestures at him. Merrett can then be seen swerving into the cyclist, who was taken to hospital for treatment.

Cole Mackin, 18, from Nottingham, knocked Reece Seagrave unconscious in the street when he picked him up by the legs and slammed him to the ground.

NEW Karl Anderson, 29, tried to get an autograph from Raheem Sterling outside Manchester City's training ground before racially abusing the footballer and kicking him four times.

'What a legend!' Viewers heap praise on Prince William as he gamely mimics Miranda Hart's signature GALLOP during the Royal Variety Performance - leaving Kate in stitches

The Duke of Cambridge, 35, was praised by British viewers for being a 'good sport' as he galloped during the show. Social media users quickly commented on the hilarious moment, with many saying they 'couldn't stop laughing'. One wrote: 'Prince William galloping is one of the best things I've ever seen!' Another commented 'Yes! Prince William galloping! Love it!'

With the party season well and truly in full swing, it's possible one too many late nights could be starting to show. Beauty expert Jocelyn Petroni tells FEMAIL how keep your skin looking great.

NEW Aldi's £6.99 Creme de Cassis blackcurrant liqueur picked up a prestigious Spirits Master award at the Spirits Business Global Liqueur Masters, beating a bottle that costs £13.45.

Exhausted Davina McCall, 50, shares video of her gruelling workout... shortly before displaying her rippling abs in bikini snap

Her split from her husband of 17 years Matthew Robertson has been nothing short of shocking. And Davina McCall has been putting her focus on her fitness, which was evident as she was seen working up a sweat in a video for fitness brand, Puma. The 50-year-old presenter showed off impressively taut abs in a tiny white sports bra and skintight grey leggings as she embarked on the gruelling workout session.

Connor McNally, 20, held up corner shop staff in Manchester with a potato peeler in October to steal £180. He wanted to buy a new puppy for his mum for Christmas after her old dog was put down.

Teacher Alan Hawe who murdered family wrote 'sorry' note

In a note found at the family home in Ballyjamesduff in Co Cavan, Ireland, Hawe wrote: 'I am sorry for my brutality but I had no other way,' adding that it was easier for his sons to die than deal with his suicide. Alan Hawe (pictured with his family), 40, slaughtered his three sons Liam, 13, Niall, 11, and Ryan, 6, by cutting their throats, an inquest found. He also murdered his wife Clodagh, 39, with an axe before he killed himself in August last year. But in a note found at the family home and published by the Irish Daily Star, Hawe wrote: 'I am sorry for how I murdered them all but I simply had no other way.' The note, which was addressed to his parents and siblings as well as his wife's mother and sister (inset left), also explained: 'I am sorry for my brutality but I had no other way.' Inset right: The hearse carrying the coffin of murdered Clodagh Hawe arriving for burial last year.

This Friday is expected to be the worst day for delays on the roads in Britain as people driving home from work battle for road space with 1.25 million motorists visiting friends and family.

Scotland Yard is to review hundreds of rape cases

Isaac Itiary, 24, (left) was released from prison yesterday on the eve of his child rape trial after it emerged that his 15-year-old alleged victim routinely posed a 19-year-old. Last Thursday Liam Allan's rape trial collapsed because police failed to disclose damning text messages that showed his lover fantasised about being raped and asked Mr Allan (right with his mother Lorraine) for casual sex after she said she was attacked. Both cases with led by Met Detective Constable Mark Azariah (inset) who is still working at Scotland Yard's sexual offences unit and has not been suspended. Barrister Jerry Hayes asked the judge in Mr Allan's case to end the Croydon Crown Court trial and said that the blunders Mr Itiary's case is proof the problem is widespread. He said: 'If there's an ongoing investigation and you're about to go to trial if I was defence barrister or for that matter prosecution barrister, I would demand in writing a letter for police and the CPS that there's nothing that could undermine the prosecution. He added: '[And if you've already been convicted] They need to look at it again.'

Experts have shared their hacks for rescuing a rubbish pot of gravy, which include whizzing it in a blender to banish any lumps and adding a dash of soy sauce to enhance the meaty flavour.

Christian Beasley, who is awaiting sentencing after being caught with five grams of hashish, made a break from the Indonesian prison with a fellow inmate after cutting a hole in the roof with a hacksaw.

Model Lauren Wasser says she will lose second leg to TSS

Los Angeles-based model Lauren Wasser, 28, lost her leg in 2012 and said she will 'inevitably' lose the other in the coming months. She now is an advocate, raising awareness about the dangers of tampons to women and young girls.

'Oh look my favourite!': Piers Morgan was left in stitches on Wednesday's episode of Good Morning Britain, after Susanna Reid gave him the model's calendar for Christmas

The 52-year-old could not contain his laughter as he opened his 'empowering' present from Susanna - who he blasted as 'pompous' and 'brainwashed' on the show in a row about Emily.

The case, heard at the European Court of Justice, is yet another blow for US-based Uber, which has drawn the fury of taxi drivers and officials around the world for flouting local regulations.

It's the million-pound question: how much is enough when it comes to saving for retirement?
According to official figures, four in ten of us are underestimating what we need to set aside.

Gallery showcases the most awkward couple snaps

A new online gallery has revealed the hilarious and very unfortunate snaps shared by couples online.Many sweet snaps took a turn after being photobombed by outside elements. Elsewhere over amorous partners make for a cringeworthy portrait that may just put you off your breakfast, with one shot seeing a woman lick her boyfriend's face.

North Korea is conducting biological weapons experiments to test the possibility of loading anthrax-laden warheads on its intercontinental ballistic missiles, it has emerged.

A massive programme of war games featuring tens of thousands of troops and code named 'Zapad' took place near the Belarus capital Minsk in September.

London family ordered to give £600,000 home to neighbours

The Constantine family say they have been told to move out of their house in East Ham, London, and give their keys to their neighbours, the Alis, after losing a legal battle over an extension. The two families have been locked in an eight-year row after the Constantines accused the Alis of trespass by building their extension on three inches of the Constantine garden. Now, a court has decided that the Constantines must move out of their home in less than three weeks and hand the seven-bedroom £600,000 home to the Alis to sell to cover their legal fees. Sardar Ali (pictured bottom right) and Herman Constantine (top right) are pictured today outside their homes.

Officers from Scotland Yard carried out a series of dawn raids in south London this morning in a bid to tackle the crime wave which has been terrorising the city over the past year.

Police dragged a man, 31, from his bed and led him away wearing only his underwear. He was named as an Iraqi who is understood to be the owner of the chip shop in Chesterfield (pictured).

Most extraordinary people of 2017 picture collection

The spectacularly different individuals - including an enormous baby from India weighing 38lbs (left) - were all featured in a series of truly unique people. Among the other fascinating folk featured in the collection are Martina Big (inset), a German glamour model who shocked her fans with a new tan that turned her skin dark brown. and Sara Geurts (right), 26, who is determined to carve out a successful modelling career despite battling with Dermatosparaxis Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) - a genetic condition which causes excessively saggy skin.

Days after releasing a picture of a fanatic about to behead Santa in London's Regent's Street, ISIS supporters have issued a 17-point plan to help lone wolves mount attacks at Christmas.

Melissa Morgan, 28, of Leicester, took money from two friends to bank with Park Christmas Savings, which would pay out vouchers just in time for the festive period.

NEW The travel website which, now has more than half-a-billion online reviews, named London as its most reviewed city while the Hard Rock hotel in Punta Cana was the most reviewed hotel.

Life of South Carolina teen who was kidnapped at birth

Alexis Manigo (left and right with her biological father, Craig Aiken, and biological mother, Shanara Mobley), from Walterboro, South Carolina, was kidnapped from a Florida hospital as a newborn (inset right) and was listed as a missing person from 1998 until January of this year. The girl's real name was Kamiyah Mobley, and her biological parents had been searching for her for years. Manigo still can't visit Gloria Williams (inset left), the woman who abducted her and raised her into adulthood, in jail because she doesn't have ID - but the pair still talk every few days by phone. Since Williams's arrest, Manigo has grown close with her biological parents, who have separated since her birth, and her 'superhero' stepmother.

Parents-to-be have been revealing potential baby names, with Harry - thought to have been influenced by the royal - and Olivia expected to top the list of most popular baby names in 2018.

John Quilter, aka The Food Busker, has shared his tips for how to ensure the turkey isn't dry on Christmas Day. He says if you cook it upside down, the juices will bleed into the turkey breasts.

Jennifer Saunders plays vicar in David Walliams adaptation

In the hour-long television adaptation of David Walliams's 2015 novel Grandpa's Great Escape, the actress, 59, plays money-hungry villain Miss Dandy - who poses as a vicar to gain the trust of families (left). Dressed in glasses, false teeth and black robes, she convinces them to put their elderly relatives in her old people's home Twilight Towers. Here, she feeds them sleeping pills, forges their wills so she is the sole beneficiary and waits for them to die. Speaking of her part in the fifth TV adaptation of the book by David Walliams (right, with Sir Tom Courtenay, as Grandpa), which airs on New Year's Day, she said: 'I love playing villains - they're so much more interesting than nice people. It's so easy, it comes naturally.'

John Price, 60, from North Devon, claimed his car was damaged by a member of the parking staff at Bristol Airport while he was hundreds of miles away in Majorca.

The woman, named locally as Michelle Harrison who is believed to be in her 20s, had lived in the flat in Yorkshire for around a year. The dead man is thought to be her partner.

Roger Hartigan, 43, and his colleagues Joe Rich and David Harrison were out in the centre of Bristol for their work Christmas party when they met the elderly woman.

Rich Kids of Instagram share photos of their Christmases

Heiresses, entrepreneurs and offspring of the rich and famous from around the world have taken to Instagram to share snaps of their extravagant holidays. The jaw-dropping images capture exquisitely decorated homes (top left and bottom centre), high-end shops (top right) and beautifully wrapped presents (bottom left, top centre) stacked beneath twinkling trees (top centre).

California-based Elon Musk quickly deleted the tweet, but not in time to stop some of his 16.7 million global followers from noticing and sharing the message via the social media site.

SplashData has revealed its list of the worst passwords of 2017, using data from more than 5 million passwords leaked this year - and, once again, '123456' and 'password' top the list.

Thrifty mother reveals how to do Christmas for just £530

EXCLUSIVE: Mother-of-three Kayleigh Hughes (left with two of her children), 29, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, has revealed how to do Christmas for a family of seven for just £530. The thrifty shopper shared how to save money on wrapping (inset), find cheap presents (right, her haul last year) and cook meals for both Christmas Day and Boxing Day - all without breaking the bank. She also revealed the common mistakes families must avoid.

How the Tube will look when the Elizabeth line opens

A new version of the London Tube map was issued today to mark a year from the opening of the new Elizabeth line. The line will stretch more than 60 miles and stop at 41 stations. There will be 10 new stations built while 31 others will be refurbished. Farringdon (ringed, inset left and right) will be one of the busiest stations in the country when Crossrail opens, connecting with Thameslink and London Underground to provide links with outer London, the home counties, the City, Canary Wharf and three of London's five airport.

The most popular health-related searches worldwide have been revealed by Google Trends. Searches for the ketogenic diet - which Kim Kardashian is a fan of - quadrupled.

The investigation found that trusted sites such as Amazon and TK Maxx were selling items like bobble hats, shoes and coats advertised as faux when tests revealed them to be real animal fur.

Chloe Louise Farrell (pictured) was behind the wheel of the vintage vehicle when it overturned while she was attempting to park it at The Warren holiday park in Abersoch, Gwynedd.

Episode VIII is on a trajectory that should take it crashing through half a billion dollars at the box office on Tuesday after upping is global take to $494.6 million on Monday in five days on release.

Janet Street-Porter: Funerals are a melodramatic rip-off

JANET STREET-PORTER: The big let down in any funeral is the moment when the ugly wooden box with metal handles appears. Even if the deceased has opted for an eco-friendly wicker basket, you can't stop thinking about what's inside. Why do funerals need a body at all? The person who is dead couldn't care less. There's a growing movement in favour of liquidising the corpse (pictured top left) - instead of burning a huge amount of energy to incinerate us (hardly very green) - there's a process which 'cooks' cadavers in chemicals and water at around 160 degrees Centigrade (bottom left). Doesn't that sound attractive? It does to me.

Off the rails! Reckless 'idiot' leaps across the tracks in front of an incoming Tube train and lands on the opposite platform with a split second to spare 

NEW Shocking footage shows a man jump across a train station platform narrowly avoiding an oncoming train by a split second. The video is believed to have been taken at Stratford station in East London. Social media users have branded the man an 'idiot' for risking his life for internet fame.

Bill Clinton was caught by the Secret Service trying to sneak out of the White House to visit a mistress by hiding under a raincoat in the back of his lawyer Bruce Lindsey's car, a former officer claims.

Newsagents owner Abdul Sattar, 49, of Scotland, has been jailed for life after being found guilty of plotting the murder of his wife hours after they arrived for a holiday in Pakistan.

The Office for National Statistics has looked at the income and economic productivity of every local authority to work out their gross value added (GVA) scores.

The CIPD also sees no chance of the squeeze on wages coming to an end any time soon, with most employers finding they 'can't afford to or don't feel the need to make an above inflation pay rise'.

Shocking 90mph police chase ends as fleeing car SKIDS off the road and SMASHES into a house while its owners sleep upstairs

Reckless Liam Southeron, 20 crashed into the property in Bolton (left, smoke billows from the car seconds after the crash), while fleeing the police, but miraculously he has his three passengers managed to escape without a scratch. Such was the impact of the crash that part of the wall and gate (right and inset) from a neighbouring home shot through a window and ended up in the middle of victim's living room. Thankfully, both residents were in bed at the time. Despite the horror smash, Southeron walked free after being handed a two-year suspended sentence at Bolton Crown Court.

NEW Mo Bro's in Highcross Shopping Centre, Leicester, will be running the pop-up event from tomorrow, charging stressed-out shoppers £5 per five minutes to stroke men's beards.

Concerned health officials in Fuerteventura, off the coast of Africa, have discovered the mosquito responsible for the two killer infections. Scores of homes on the island are now being fumigated.



World's largest plane with a wingspan longer than a FOOTBALL FIELD taxis down the runway for the first time ahead of its 2019 test flight

Stratolaunch used the aircraft's six Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines (bottom) to conduct a low speed taxi test (top right) at the company's facility at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. Stratolaunch successfully travelled down the runway at 25 knots (28 miles per hour/45km/h). Once low-speed taxi tests have been safely completed, the company will begin the next phase of taxi testing, which will include increased speeds. Once testing has been completed, the aircraft (top left) will be used to launch satellites and other objects into space. This could include a Dream Chaser spaceship, which could act as a mini-shuttle to reach low Earth orbit destinations and return astronauts or payloads to a runway within 24 hours.

The retailer has urged customers to immediately switch off and return the affected products. The urgent recall affects the triple plug and remote control set as well as the twin remote control set.

Against all odds, a community of 28 bottlenose dolphins have set up a permanent home off the coast of Cornwall. The pod is the only one of its kind in England and one of just three in the UK.

Here, writers from the British lifestyle website Healthista have rounded up their 14 favourite supplements of the year. They range from pills, powders and potions.

Jon Crowe, 27, from Prudhoe, Northumberland, drove at twice the speed limit in an effort to prevent a BMW from overtaking him while he was under the influence of cocaine.

One of the men alleged to have killed anti-corruption blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia using a car bomb asked for the mobile phone that might have detonated the device to be topped up, a court heard.

Beefed-up James Packer spotted with mystery woman in Aspen

James Packer has been spotted enjoying a lunch date with a mystery woman in Aspen, Colorado - after admitting his relationship with R&B; superstar Mariah Carey was a mistake. The billionaire casino mogul enjoyed a meal and a cigarette with his glamorous lunch date, with the pair looking notably close as they sat alongside one another. Tucked snugly into his snow jacket and shielding his eyes behind a pair of black sunglasses, Packer, 50, appeared to be in high spirits as he chatted away to his female companion in Aspen.

Date: December 23 2014\nLocation: Essex, England.\nYULE never believe it but history boffins have uncovered shocking evidence that Father Christmas is DEAD and was buried in Essex exactly 450 years ago.\nArchivists at Essex Records Office might get a FROSTY reception this Christmas after claiming Father Christmas died in Essex ¿ a county best known for its fake tans and The Only Way is Essex.\nPictured: Father Christmas's death as noted in the Dedham Parish records.

Someone called 'Father Christmas' was laid to rest in a churchyard in the small village of Dedham, Essex, in May 1564, according to the county's records (pictured).

The big band leader, who had 23 number-one hits, was killed in 1944 while flying from Britain to France to present a major concert for the troops who had liberated Paris.

The bizarre role, which reads like a script from W1A, will be based at its headquarters in London and has been advertised online on the Corporation's website.

The city of Malmo, Sweden has seen three violent gang rapes in less than six weeks, most recent incident involving a 17-year-old girl who was raped in a children's playground.

Although the PM raised concerns about US policy on Israel in a phone call, no reference was made to their extraordinary public spat over Mr Trump's retweets of anti-Muslim posts by Britain First.

Margarita Grachyova, 25, had her fingers crushed before her arms were severed at the wrists in a jealous rage by her spouse Dmitry, 26, at their home near Serpukhov, in western Russia.

Pictures show people being a bit too blunt

NEW Social media users have shared the hilarious signs, tweets, and dating profiles that show the pure bluntness people use every day. Stores across the United States appear to have said they're hiring 'losers', announced they're selling 'ugly' merchandise, and only having a sale because 'business sucks'. When it comes to dating profiles and relationships, one woman told her boyfriend she was 'pooping' when he asked what she was doing, while another said she was 'much fatter in person' in her dating profile.

A local authority has been accused of stealing Christmas from hundreds of people on a housing estate by hitting them with bills of more than £2,000 each to fix external water pipes.

Women are told they should urinate before and after sex to reduce the risk UTIs. But New York City urologist David Kaufman explained this is wrong - in part. He explains what you should do.

TV chef, 42, says you should lightly squash the potatoes once they are cooked if you want the perfect roasties this year. He then says add sage leaves before roasting for another 10 minutes.

The Paralympic gold medalist filed legal papers at South Africa's highest court on Tuesday, saying that judges who increased his sentence for six to 15 years had ignored findings by lower courts.

All six Royal Navy type 45 destroyers moored in Portsmouth

All six of the Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyers, which cost around £1billion each, are currently moored in Portsmouth due to a combination of faults, maintenance and shore leave for Christmas. Sources inside the Navy believe this could be the first time Britain is without a major warship overseas in its 500-year history, although a spokesman for the Navy said Britain will be protected by 13 ships and submarines depoloyed abroad over Christmas and the New Year. It has raised concerns over the impact of defence cutbacks, with former senior officers 'distressed and alarmed' at the situation. Pictured is the HMS Diamond destroyer, which has propeller faults, in Portsmouth with air craft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and frigate HMS Westminster.

The NHS Blood and Transplant are now urging people to donate their blood - despite thousands having already been put off due to the cold temperatures.

The Prime Minister said Gibraltar would be covered by the transition agreement and Brexit deal in defiance of Spanish demands that it be excluded without a special deal.

NEW The country's military - which has long been restricted by its post-Second World War pacifist constitution - is constructing anti-aircraft and anti-ship weapons 200 miles off China's coast.

Headquarters for Earthquake Research Promotion said there was a seven to 40 per cent chance the island of Hokkaido could be hit by a quake exceeding 8.8 magnitude in 30 years.

Carol Francey, 70, from Vancouver, credits her marijuana habit for helping her to manage her arthritis, sciatica and insomnia, saying her medication used to slur her speech and affect her balance.

Slimming teas are seen as a quick way to fast weight loss. While that is the idea, the reality is the teas may not do all they claim. Expert Gabrielle Maston reveals the teas' true effect on the body.

Royal Caribbean Cruises confirmed that passengers from the Celebrity Equinox and Serenade of the Seas were on the bus that crashed in Mexico, leaving at least seven Americans injured.

Babs Lee, 47, from Armadale, West Lothian, was called into the kitchen by her husband Jay, 42, after he cracked two double-yolkers in a row.

William and Kate's Christmas card photoshopped goes viral

Social media users in the UK have added a touch of fun to the family portrait. In one image, the Cambridges are seen wearing astronaut helmets while in outer-space (top left). Others show the family-of-four polar-bear spotting in the Arctic (top right) and joining the Teletubbies in La La Land (bottom left). One person meanwhile added in a snowy backdrop onto the portrait (bottom right). Released by Kensington Palace on Monday, the Cambridges' Christmas card (pictured inset) features a touching family portrait taken earlier this year.

Columbia University student, Ned, made a tongue-in-cheek flyer asking the women on the streets of Manhattan to accompany him as his date to his frat's winter formal.

Herbert Goodine, 91, was ordered to leave the care home where he sleeps in the same bed as his wife Audrey, 89, just one week before Christmas. The home said his health had declined too much.

Billy Evans, 80, who owns Field Farm Fisheries, near Bicester, Oxfordshire, has become embroiled in a discrimination row over the sign, which says: 'No Polish or Eastern Bloc fishermen allowed'.

This is the moment Staffordshire Police channeled James Corden with their very own version of Carpool Karaoke to raise awareness of cybercrime during the festive season.

Chinese policeman Wu Yu took off his uniform and jumper without hesitation before wrapping them around the baby boy who was found abandoned in the bush in Chuxiong, China, last night.

This is the heart-breaking moment a dog refused to leave its owner after the man was hit by a car in south-east China. Footage shows the elderly man lying on the road as the dog guarded his body.

Cost of Christmas movie homes soars by up to 1,000%

Hybrid estate agent eMoov.co.uk has analysed how much the homes featured in Christmas classics would now cost compared with the year the films were released. Top left to right: The Chicago mansion in Home Alone and the LA penthouse in Die Hard. Bottom left to right: The Surrey cottage in The Holiday and Bridget Jones' flat in Borough Market.

Suleyman Kilincarslan, 69, was caught by security staff with ten bullets in his coat pocket as he was about fly out of Manchester after attending his granddaughter's wedding.

Photos of bakes gone wrong prove that some people don't belong in the kitchen, especially at Christmas. One baker made a very phallic biscuit while trying to use a candle-shaped cutter.

Crown Princess Victoria, 40, and her husband Prince Daniel can be seen frolicking in the snow at Haga Castle with their children Oscar. 19 months and Estelle, five, in their Christmas card and video.

After the announcement that Princess Charlotte will be attending Willcocks nursery near Kensington Palace, SARAH VINE explains why both royal children should go to state schools.

Thanks to Make-A-Wish UK, the charity supported by the Daily Mail's Quids For Kids campaign, two very brave girls have had their Christmas dreams come true.

MPs have said that watchdogs must be prepared to step in and prevent swathes of cash machines being shut under a shake-up demanded by big banks in an attempt to cut costs.

Uber is a danger to public safety as it encourages drivers to work exhausting hours, a court heard. It comes as the taxi-hailing firm is fighting a legal battle so it can continue to operate in London.

Can you spot the bear hidden among the Christmas reindeer?

Somewhere in this herd of reindeer there is a single brown bear - but only the most eagle-eyed viewers will be able to find it. The festive scene is the latest creation from Hungarian artist Gergely Dudas, better known as Dudolf, who is responsible for a string of viral brainteasers. He became an online sensation when his puzzle of a panda lost among a group of snowmen went viral two years ago.

Researchers from the University of San Diego have studied the mating call of corvina, and are calling for preservation of the annual spectacle.

The Buffy The Vampire Slayer star, 40, took to Facebook recently to share a photo of a woman who sent her a photo of herself grinning and showing off her engagement ring.

China is set to open its first solar motorway that can generate electricity under sunlight. The two-kilometre-long road contains weight-bearing solar panels and is paved with transparent concrete.

Ghosts of Christmas past are seen as footage of first filming of Dickens' Scrooge emerges after 106 years

From Ebenezer Scrooge being scared by the face of Jacob Marley, and Tiny Tim at home with the Cratchit family, they are classic scenes known to many. But this extraordinary footage from the first video recording of the Charles Dickens story A Christmas Carol dates back more than a century to 1901. The only version of 'Scrooge, or, Marley's Ghost', held by the British Film Institute, is incomplete but tells enough of the story to make it recognisable. The film, which was originally five minutes, also had impressive effects for the time, including superimposing Marley's face over the door knocker. It did the same with scenes from his youth over a black curtain in Scrooge's bedroom. Pictured: Ebenezer Scrooge is brought to tears by the image of his headstone near the end of the film (above), and Scrooge looks on helplessly as Tiny Tim enjoy Christmas dinner with his family (inset).

Yobs who shine lasers at planes, cards and boats could be jailed for up to five years under new laws. According to the Civil Aviation Authority there were 1,258 attacks with laser pens last year.

Each year since 1989, the IceHotel has been built and rebuilt in the village of Jukkasjarvi in Sweden, 200km north of the Arctic Circle and next to the shores of the Torne River.

Justyna Kalandyk (pictured) was struck by two lorries and two cars as she used a pedestrian crossing in Tulse Hill, south London while the traffic lights were green.

Heather North has died at the age of 71 in Studio City, California after suffering a long illness. The actress was best known for voicing the character Daphne Blake on Scooby-Doo.

Proposals to modify driving rules to enable remote control parking have been outlined by the Government. Drivers could be able to use a mobile phone to park their car.

Irish low cost airline Ryanair agreed to recognise cabin crew unions yesterday - hours after the Daily Mail revealed air stewards' appalling working conditions.

The 'controversial and trendy' new logo for London's World Chess Championships 2018 shows two chequered bodies wrapped around each other with a chess board in between the pair.

Grinning Canadian TV presenter bags a huge mountain lion

A TV presenter has been pictured holding up a big cat he killed on a hunt before posting a picture of its sliced organs on social media. Steve Ecklund, from Alberta, Canada had killed the mountain lion in his home state on Sunday and is pictured grinning as its carcass is held to the camera. The co-host of the Canadian hunting show, The EDGE, is well-known for his killing of rams, lions, black bears and lions in Canada and North America and regularly posts updates of himself and his wife, Alison Ecklund, in hunting gear. Steve and Alison are both fiercely defended by an active pro-hunting community online, but in the UK, campaign group Hunt Saboteurs Association have called the sport 'morally reprehensible'.

The peach stones were found nearly 14 feet (4.3 metres) below the current surface in Saint Mark's Basicilia (stock image), Albert Ammerman at Colgate University in Hamilton said.

Declines in honey bee health have caused global concern due to the insects' role as a major pollinator, making them vital to the survival of ecosystems worldwide.

Richard Ratcliffe has written to the Iranian ambassador in London, urging him to make clear to all state bodies in Iran that his wife was not involved in espionage.

On Tuesday, five justices at the UK's highest court concluded that a ban on smoking in most enclosed public places and workplaces does not apply to Crown premises, including state prisons.

Eyewitnesses said they heard a blast in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, at about 10.50am yesterday morning - shortly before the scheduled unveiling of the kingdom's budget.

London houseboat available for £2.5million

A converted four-bedroom home that started life as a Dutch shipping barge has gone on the market for £2.5million. The 108ft boat is moored on the Thames at the entrance to Cheyne Walk, known as London's billionaire's row. The street, in the heart of Chelsea, is home to a string of high-profile current and former residents, including billionaire ex-mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg. Flagship has been turned into a stylish four-bedroom home with all the latest mod cons and comes with a 50-year mooring licence at Cadogan Pier.

With their soulful eyes and shiny coats, you'd think these rescue dogs would be just one wag of a tail away from finding their forever homes. But they have been passed over time and time again.

In benchmark tests, experts from Toronto firm Geekbench found that on certain versions of the Apple operating system, phones with older batteries achieved much lower performance scores.

James Barnes, 30, had been struggling to come to terms with the impending split from his wife Amy, 32, three years after they tied the knot, an inquest in Birmingham heard today.

More than half of customers told Which? that their orders hadn't been delivered when expected in the run up to Christmas. One had their fragile package tossed over their gate.

Children would be taught about civil partnerships alongside marriage under government proposals aimed at preparing youngsters for life in modern Britain.

France's parliament has approved a law banning all exploration and production of oil and natural gas by 2040 as part of President Emmanuel Macron's drive to ditch fossil fuels.

Authorities in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, have ditched plans to ban residents from swearing. Plans involved giving out £100 fines as part of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).

In 18 months time, customers will no longer have to call their provider to explain why they want to leave and be subjected to drawn out 'unwanted' efforts to try and make them stay.

Tradesman fined £50 for parking because of his long van

Ben Williamson, a self-employed plummer and builder, was taking his son to the dentist when he was shocked to discover the East Lindsey District Council in Louth, Lincolnshire, had fined him because his van protruded just 18 inches outside of the bay he had paid to park in. He said that although he accepts his van may have been too long for the space, he wasn't blocking any other vehicles from getting in or out of the car park. He plans on appealing his fine.

Researchers from the University of Waterloo in Canada defined wisdom as the ability to be open-minded, intellectually humble and integrate different perspectives on important issues.

The forms will give those in nearly 5,000 schools - including a quarter of all primary schools - the means to report pupils, teachers or any other adults who are perceived to be bullying.

Bath Abbey will undergo a multi-million pound make over now that it has replaced its pews for stackable chairs. Rev Edward Mason said removing the pews made it fit for the 21st century.




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British prisoners of war dressed up in drag during WWII

NEW Men locked up in German camps during the Second World War would entertain comrades with pantomimes, often rehearsing for months on end and spending weeks making costumes. Cross-dressing was popular in officers' camps and men in drag were 'admired' by their fellow prisoners, who sometimes even felt 'attracted' to them. The German guards even enjoyed the performances and would often sit in the front row to get the best view. Historian Dr Clare Makepeace has poured over the diaries, letters and log books of 75 PoWs to better understand how prisoners coped in confinement, in her new book 'Captives of War: British Prisoners of War in Europe in the Second World War.' She said: 'Female impersonators in theatrical productions might not have enabled these men to fulfil their reproductive duties, but they certainly provided them with a break from their all male existence.'

Pictures show Isabelle Lovelie Duterte, 17, the daughter of the Philippines President's first son Paulo, posing in a sparkling red ballgown at the presidential palace in the capital, Manila.

An air passenger who claimed she was possessed by 'evil spirits' today caused an Air China plane to turn around. The woman appeared emotional and attacked one security guard.

NEW Nellie and Bryce Jurgy flew to Sacramento, California to surprise her parents by decorating their whole house with lights like in the film National Lampoons's Christmas Vacation - which the family love.

Pets are very unimpressed with the festive season

Owners from around the world snapped pictures of their naughty dogs doing their best to sabotage the day by bringing down Christmas trees (top right), tearing open presents (top left) and munching on the decorations (bottom centre). Others photographed pets that look less than impressed with the festive jumpers they have been forced to wear (top centre, bottom left, bottom right).


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