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EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: The Queen's plans for the royal Christmas bubble are revealed


Self-isolating Since that crisis began, the Queen has been looking forward to being with her family again for Christmas.

After all, the festive season is the only time of year the royals stick together when they gather in Sandringham, Norfolk on Christmas Eve to exchange gifts before going to church together the next day to greet the well-wishers.

But Boris Johnson's rule that no more than three households can party together has shaken the royal works.

The Queen, who has isolated herself since this crisis began, will have been looking forward to being with her family again for Christmas

The queen will set a good example and abide by the rules. So who will be in the “royal bubble”? I heard there might be a surprise.

"Prince Edward and his family will be one of them in their bladder," a source tells me. The Earl of Wessex is, of course, the youngest of the Queen and Prince Philip's four children. The Queen is particularly close to Edward's wife, Sophie.

As heir to the throne, Prince Charles was considered the most likely in the Queen's bladder, along with Prince William, next in line.

However, courtiers believe they came up with a brilliant plan to keep everyone happy.

After all, the festive season is the only time of year the royals stick together when they gather in Sandringham, Norfolk on Christmas Eve to exchange gifts before going to church together the next day to greet the well-wishers

After all, the festive season is the only time of year the royals stick together when they gather in Sandringham, Norfolk on Christmas Eve to exchange gifts before going to church together the next day to greet the well-wishers

"If they go to Sandringham, their traditional boxing day shoot could still be happening so they can see family members who are unable to join them on Christmas Eve and Christmas," the source tells me.

Shootings can legally take place as they are classified as organized outdoor sports, allowing up to 30 royals to blow up pheasants and partridges.

It would love Charles and Camilla, who usually go after filming to spend the rest of Christmas with their two children and five grandchildren. She would be forbidden to see her if she were in the queen's bladder.

The same goes for Prince William and Kate, who usually spend much of the Christmas season with their parents Michael and Carole Middleton and their siblings Pippa and James.

"If you go to Sandringham (above), your traditional Boxing Day shoot could still be happening so they can see family members who can't join on Christmas Eve and Christmas," the source tells me

Katherine is not a treasure trove of strength, says Dame Vera's daughter …

After entertaining British troops several times, Katherine Jenkins came to be known as the Forces Sweetheart, but Dame Vera Lynn's daughter says only one woman deserves the title

After entertaining British troops several times, Katherine Jenkins came to be known as the "Forces Sweetheart" – but Dame Vera Lynn's daughter says only one woman deserves the title

After entertaining British troops several times, Katherine Jenkins came to be known as "Forces Sweetheart" – but Dame Vera Lynn's daughter says only one woman deserves that title.

"Katherine sings mom's songs, and that's really nice, but you can't have a second forces sweetheart," says Virginia Lewis Jones.

& # 39; Nobody will take her place or follow her. People can of course do the same things as them, but you can't really compare. & # 39;

Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine recently made her acting debut in a film called Minamata, directed by her husband Andrew Levitas, starring Johnny Depp and Bill Nighy.

But if she was hoping to portray Dame Vera in an upcoming biopic, she might be disappointed.

"There's been a movie in the pipeline for a while," says Virginia, who is promoting a new album of her mother's songs, Keep Smiling Through. But when asked who could play Checkers Vera, Virginia exclaims, "Oh, God knows, I don't know!"

The Smart Set speaks of … the classy new star of the industry, Marisa Abela

Roedean's teachers are now overwhelmed by Marisa Abela's on-screen exploits

Roedean's teachers are now overwhelmed by Marisa Abela's on-screen exploits

It's famous for turning the daughters of Britain's richest parents into polished young ladies who know how to use a lacrosse bat, but Roedean's teachers are now blown away by the on-screen exploits of Marisa Abela.

The 23-year-old actress, who attended boarding school in East Sussex valued at £ 39,915 a year, plays Yasmin Kara-Hanani (right) in Industry, the hot-blooded BBC Two drama about graduates at an investment bank in town.

Show business runs in Marisa's veins: her mother, Caroline Gruber, is a respected actress whose roles ranged from appearing in Sir Tom Stoppard's Leopoldstadt to the role of the teacher Miss Washington in the children's drama Grange Hill. Her father is Angelo Abela, who was on the Vicious Boys comedy act before becoming a successful television director.

Who knew panto paid so well? Favorite British lady, Christopher Biggins, plays in Celebrity MasterChef's Christmas special, but it could cost him a fortune. Because when the actor and his life partner, retired BA steward Neil Sinclair, throw dinner parties for friends like Dame Joan Collins, he throws a £ 1,000 bottle of wine into his favorite dish, the winter stew.

His recipe: "Beef, carrots, onions, bay leaves and tomato paste as well as a bottle of Chateau Margaux 2000." If a 1000 pound bottle goes into the stew, how much does he spend on wine to drink with?

Is this why Sajid Javid reportedly turned down the option to return to Downing Street as Boris Johnson's chief of staff?

The former chancellor has won an extremely lucrative role for the US technology company C3.ai. Javid will serve as an advisor to the board of directors, whose executive team includes Condoleezza Rice.

The role, hot on the heels of another high-paying position at J. P. Morgan, will pay Javid a whopping £ 121,835 for no more than 12 working days per year. That's over 1,500 pounds an hour.

British top model David Gandy is not just a pretty face. The pulchritudinous gasoline head came up with an ingenious way to remember your favorite Jaguar after it had to be renovated

British top model David Gandy is not just a pretty face. The pulchritudinous gasoline head came up with an ingenious way to remember your favorite Jaguar after it had to be renovated

(Very) modern manners

British top model David Gandy is not just a pretty face.

The pulchritudinous gasoline head came up with an ingenious way to remember your favorite Jaguar after it had to be renovated.

"I kept the gear knob on the XK120 because I couldn't really see it was going to waste," he says.

"I turned it into a wine stopper. So when I open up some wine, I'll put my XK120 in there."

He adds: "I love that something historical from the car is still used in the house."

The next big role for Edo Sohn: best cue ball boy!

When Princess Beatrice married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in July, the builder's son Christopher was chosen as best man, even though he was only four years old.

Now Christopher – known as Wolfie – has been cast in the role of Best Boy in the run-up to Christmas.

His mother, Edo's former fiancée Dara Huang, shared this wonderful snapshot yesterday while Wolfie was helping with the Christmas tree at her home in London's Knightsbridge.

"Happy Holidays," wrote the 38-year-old American-Chinese architect and added: "New beginnings."

Wolfie became the youngest person in history to play a role in a British royal wedding.

A friend of Edo and Beatrice told me they wanted him to attend the ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park to show that he was being hugged by his stepmother.

Christopher, known as Wolfie, was awarded the role of Best Boy ahead of Christmas. His mother, Edo's former fiancée Dara Huang, above, shared this wonderful snapshot yesterday of Wolfie helping with the Christmas tree in her home in London's Knightsbridge

Christopher – known as Wolfie – was cast in the role of Best Boy ahead of Christmas. His mother, Edo's former fiancée Dara Huang, shared this wonderful snapshot yesterday while Wolfie was helping with the Christmas tree at her home in London's Knightsbridge

Michael Fagan isn't the only one unhappy with The Crown's portrayal as an immaculate burglar who broke into the queen's bedroom.

I hear that Paul Whybrew, Her Majesty's side behind – and one of her most trusted henchmen – is a little annoyed that his heroic role in the 1982 break-in is not mentioned at all.

It was Tall Flunkey (known to everyone at Buckingham Palace as Big Paul) who came to the aid of the monarch when Fagan broke into the palace and pulled back the curtains on her four-poster bed. While the Queen fled to seek help, Whybrew calmed the unkempt intruder by offering him a drink.

Another palace official said: “Only then did Paul, who handled the whole thing very calmly, initiate the police and take Fagan away. He's never sought attention and is certainly not vain, but being cut out of the whole episode when he was the real hero irritated him quite a bit.

"The rest of us here remember what happened, and I suppose we all get used to The Crown just trampling on the truth and rewriting history."

Lily slips to the sea after Roman high jinks with West

Dominic West is pictured in Rome with Lily James

Dominic West is pictured in Rome with Lily James

While The Affair star Dominic West has been playing happy families with his aristocratic wife Catherine Fitz-Gerald since he was kissed and cuddled with Lily James in Rome, Lily has held back unusually.

I heard that Downton Abbey star Lily was hiding in a rented cottage by the sea. "Lily just wants to spend some time alone to gather her thoughts," a source tells me.

"She's tired of everyone talking about her and Dominic and wants to spend some time by the ocean before her next project begins.

"She just wants anonymity for a while."

Lily, 31, (right) is reunited with West, 51, in promoting the BBC drama The Pursuit Of Love, which they star in together.

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