EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Prince Andrew is barred from Monday’s Garter Day events for the second year running… But he may be allowed to turn up at Royal Ascot next week
Prince Andrew being barred from Monday’s Garter Day events for the second year running is surely a blow after his coronation appearance in Garter finery.
But pretending that Andrew is an invisible knight is a fudge that doesn’t fit well with some.
King Charles surely prefers simply barring Andrew rather than putting him through the indignity of removing his Garter with the King of Arms reading the Degradation Order as heralds climb ladders to remove his banners and throw them out of Windsor’s St George’s Chapel.
EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Prince Andrew being barred from Monday’s Garter Day events for the second year running is surely a blow after his coronation appearance in Garter finery
It’s set to be a grim time for Andrew, who loves dressing up. He will also be excluded from Trooping the Colour on Saturday.
But, whispers a mole, he may be allowed to turn up at Royal Ascot next week as a consolation prize.
Apparently, the King hasn’t ruled out letting him into the royal box, possibly on a day when he doesn’t attend himself, but he wouldn’t be in the carriage procession.
He would travel by car to the course instead. Things are made easier because William, who is the main anti-Andrew man in the family, rarely attends Ascot and so is unlikely to kick up a fuss about it.
King Charles and Princess Anne present a new standard to the Blues and Royals at Buckingham Palace today, marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of Anne being appointed their regimental colonel.
But if things had been different this might have been her swansong.
A mole explains that in a grand plan drawn up some years ago, Prince Harry, who served with the regiment, was destined to take over as regimental colonel and so might have been alongside his dad as he developed into a fully-fledged working royal. The best laid plans of mice and men…
In theory, if Sunak follows precedent, we should be hearing ‘Arise, Sir Hugh’, elevating Liz, pictured, to Lady Truss
In his first full honours list as prime minister will Rishi honour Liz Truss’s husband Hugh?
It has become customary for prime ministers’ husbands to get a little something when their wives leave Downing Street.
After Mrs Thatcher was ousted, John Major made Denis a baronet. Philip May, husband of Theresa, was given a knighthood when Boris Johnson took over.
In theory, if Sunak follows precedent, we should be hearing ‘Arise, Sir Hugh’, elevating Liz, pictured, to Lady Truss.
Boris’s exit from the Commons via his appointment as Master and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds is exactly sixty years after John Profumo took a similar route to political oblivion.
His offence was lying to the House. Not an anniversary historian Boris might like to be reminded of.
When gangland villain Ronnie Knight, who has died aged 89, married Barbara Windsor, they took Babs’s chum Kenneth Williams on honeymoon to Madeira along with Ken’s mother and sister.
It went badly from the start – Knight was seasick on the voyage. ‘Ronnie was hanging over the sides,’ Barbara said.
‘I was hanging on to his legs, and Kenny was yelling out, ‘It’s all in the mind, Ronnie, it’s all in the mind!’ What a Carry On!