Boris and Carrie Johnson are set to meet with the Queen in Balmoral this weekend, despite courtiers’ growing concern about Covid.
I can tell the couple are leaving tomorrow for their first visit since 2019. Carrie has been eager to stay with Her Majesty since she married the Prime Minister, and she was disappointed last summer when their trip to the royal retreat in Deeside was canceled . to ensure the 95-year-old queen was not at risk of contracting Covid.
“They are really looking forward to the visit,” a friend of the couple said, adding: “They have taken all Covid precautions and it will be very safe.”
It will also be the first time their 16-month-old son, Wilfred, has met the monarch. The toddler seemed to feel right at home in Scotland when he was taken on a romp in the countryside on their family trip last year.
Boris and Carrie Johnson will meet the Queen in Balmoral this weekend, despite courtiers’ growing concern over Covid
The prime minister and his wife, whom he married in May, visited despite not being able to go to Balmoral, camping next to a secluded cottage on the Applecross peninsula on the Scottish coast.
However, they had to cut their vacation short after their location was announced in the press.
At the time of their last meeting with the Queen, there was consternation among more conservative courtiers, as Carrie and Boris had not yet hooked. Traditionally, unmarried couples cannot share a room at the royal retreat. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did not visit Balmoral until months after they were married.
The Queen has only met Boris once since the start of the pandemic. After that meeting at Buckingham Palace in June, a video was released in which she told him she had just seen “poor man” Matt Hancock and that he was “full of . . .’ before Boris interrupted her to say “beans.”
Last year, the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh spent six weeks on the 50,000-acre estate, uninterrupted by bumbling Prime Ministers.
The Prime Minister and his wife, whom he married in May, visited despite not being able to go to Balmoral, and camped next to a secluded cottage on the Applecross peninsula on the Scottish coast
Earl’s dream team for movie
Princess Diana’s brother, the eminent historian Earl Spencer, cannot resist the appeal of Hollywood.
I hear his latest book, The White Ship – detailing the sinking ship of the same name and the loss of Henry I’s heir – is being discussed for a film adaptation. And Charles, 57, who describes his story as “Game Of Thrones meets Titanic,” is already putting forward A-list actors for the roles. For the “dreaded king” and his “reckless heir,” he suggests Oscar winner Russell Crowe and Timothee Chalamet, respectively.
Eurythmics star Annie Lennox moved from Aberdeen to London as a little girl, but still doesn’t feel at home in the capital.
“I had a constant sense of isolation and loneliness, and I still feel it,” admits the 66-year-old. “I used to be the one who looked through the window and thought I could never afford to go in, but now I don’t really want to be a part of that anymore. There are still circles within circles where people belong, and as much as I love the diversity of London, I think it’s hard to feel that you belong.’
Pole roll for ‘Tinkerbell’
The Queen would be “proud” to have her hefty second cousin, Arthur Chatto, become the Royal Marines’ first royal officer, but her cousin is just as impressive.
I can reveal that Rosie Stancer, whose grandmother was the sister of the Queen Mother, has just set off at the age of 61 on a grueling expedition in the Aralkum Desert in Kazakhstan.
The veteran explorer and polar adventurer leads her team to hike 20km a day in 38-degree heat, with former teammate Pom Oliver in tow.
“This will be the first full crossing of the width of the Aralkum on foot, covering a distance of some 600km, crossing every demarcation of the original coastline as it has shrunk over the past six decades,” says 5ft 3in Rosie, who once described ‘a cross between Tinkerbell and the Terminator’.
Hunky actor James Norton is tipped to be the next 007 and admits he lacks the spy’s natural confidence. The 36-year-old was supposed to present Sir Anthony Hopkins the Legend Award at GQ’s Men of the Year bash this week, but needed liquid courage before taking the podium.
“I was nervous and started sweating, so I drank champagne,” he told me quite candidly.
Rosie marries soul mate
Former BBC art journalist Rosie Millard has married the multimillionaire for whom she left her family three years ago
Former BBC art journalist Rosie Millard has married the multimillionaire for whom she left her family three years ago.
Dressed in a Vivienne Westwood dress and garland of flowers, the 56-year-old married Alex Graham, 67, at Islington Town Hall yesterday.
They all laughed as they cut a berry-covered cake at the reception in North London.
“We couldn’t be happier,” Rosie tells me, adding that they’re going to Sicily for their honeymoon this weekend.
Rosie and Alex, outgoing chairman of the Scott Trust, left their respective partners for Christmas 2018.
Will I be a lover? Emma’s tea break with her screen beau
They’ll soon be secret lovers in the new Netflix adaptation of DH Lawrence’s erotic novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover. In preparation, Emma Corrin and Jack O’Connell had their own rendezvous in north London yesterday.
The Crown actress, 25, will star as the eponymous woman who finds married life unsatisfactory and seeks fulfillment elsewhere.
Jack, 31 – who rose to fame in This Is England and Unbroken – will play the gamekeeper with whom she has a passionate affair.
The couple tried to keep a low profile yesterday by dressing in baseball caps. While chatting, Emma provided chips and a cup of tea.
They’ll soon be secret lovers in the new Netflix adaptation of DH Lawrence’s erotic novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover. In preparation, Emma Corrin and Jack O’Connell had their own rendezvous in North London yesterday
Disgruntled West End star Christopher Biggins claims he and his friends are being let down by the honors system.
The panto veteran is especially annoyed that the late actress Una Stubbs was not given a damehood before she passed away last month at age 84.
“Una was very special and should have been a lady,” Biggins, 72, tells me at the Rainer Hughes law firm Future Steps launch party.
“I don’t think our country appreciates our national treasures until they’re dead and gone. I would like to be sir. Bring it on! It’s been a while.’
Huston mourns the loss of fashion’s spicy past
Oscar winner Anjelica Huston, who began her illustrious career as a model in the 1960s, claims the fashion industry is being ruined by today’s obsession with political correctness.
In her heyday, the 70-year-old was caught by the likes of David Bailey, Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin. ‘I’ve worked with fantastic photographers. We were allowed to be naughty,” she says. ‘The lexicon’ [political correctness] had not yet been invented. So yeah things were a bit dangerous and yeah that was part of the allure.
Then fashion went crazy. They became girls in their mother’s dresses and in their father’s shoes. Fashion is everywhere now. It doesn’t know where it wants to be anymore.’