EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: The most poignant sign yet that King Charles has left the public stage as Queen Camilla stands in for him at Windsor Castle service

The most poignant sign yet that the King has left the public stage will come on Tuesday. Queen Camilla will lead the royal party at a thanksgiving service for the late King Constantine of Greece at Windsor Castle, something the King had been expected to attend. 

His father, Prince Philip, who was born on a kitchen table in Corfu, baptised into the Greek Orthodox church and evacuated in an orange box when his family was exiled after the Greco-Turkish war, maintained strong links with his cousin, ex-King Constantine II, who was invited and treated in rank and precedence as if he still had a kingdom.

The most poignant sign yet that the King has left the public stage will come on Tuesday

Queen Camilla will lead the royal party at a thanksgiving service for the late King Constantine of Greece at Windsor Castle, something the King had been expected to attend

Queen Camilla will lead the royal party at a thanksgiving service for the late King Constantine of Greece at Windsor Castle, something the King had been expected to attend

His father, Prince Philip maintained strong links with his cousin, ex-King Constantine II

His father, Prince Philip maintained strong links with his cousin, ex-King Constantine II

Queen Camilla is a fan of the Greek islands, although the King has often pursued a more austere experience. 

He has regularly found solace at the Eastern Orthodox monastery at Mount Athos, north-eastern Greece, where he has been an occasional pilgrim (accompanied by flunkeys and a lot of luggage), including three visits in the year before marrying Camilla. 

Visits have dropped off since then, possibly because the monks are a touch misogynistic. Women aren’t allowed within 500m of the monastery.

Ealing, London’s leafy Queen of the Suburbs, announces ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman will grace its inaugural book festival on April 13. 

After 30 years with the Stones, he felt his song ideas were being ignored and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards didn’t treat him with respect. Be that as it may, he has written 13 books, including Billy In The Wars, chronicling his wartime childhood, and Bill Wyman’s Chelsea, his ‘manor’ since 1982. Bill, 87, was criticised over his mid-1980s romance with Amanda Louise Smith (born July 17, 1970) whom he married in 1989 and divorced in 1993.

Ealing, London ¿s leafy Queen of the Suburbs, announces ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman (pictured) will grace its inaugural book festival on April 13

Ealing, London ‘s leafy Queen of the Suburbs, announces ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman (pictured) will grace its inaugural book festival on April 13

Lindsay Hoyle will be heartbroken if sacked as Commons Speaker but might be consoled by a perch in the Lords where his father Doug – like Sir Lindsay an ex-Labour MP – sits. 

If Lindsay is elevated – and Sir Keir Starmer can hardly refuse to nominate him, having reportedly got him into trouble – might it dissuade the Labour leader from nominating John Bercow, who is also accused of siding with Labour?

Lindsay Hoyle (pictured) will be heartbroken if sacked as Commons Speaker but might be consoled by a perch in the Lords where his father Doug sits

Lindsay Hoyle (pictured) will be heartbroken if sacked as Commons Speaker but might be consoled by a perch in the Lords where his father Doug sits

Apropos of Baron Hoyle, a source recalls: ‘Doug’s a convivial soul. I met him one evening in the Midland Hotel, Manchester, in one of those elevators with mirrored walls. 

‘Spotting himself in the mirror, Doug – thinking it was someone he knew – began a conversation with his image.’

Under fire for favouring Labour in the Gaza vote, Sir Lindsay is even-handed when it comes to naming his pets. 

He christened his parrot Boris and his tortoise Maggie after the former Tory prime ministers, and owns a cat called Attlee after the Labour PM and a Patterdale terrier called Betty, in honour of old Labour comrade and late speaker, Betty Boothroyd. 

His deceased pets include a Maine coon cat called Patrick (after Tory peer Patrick Cormack) and a rottweiler, Gordon (Gordon Brown).

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