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SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: The Queen's Secret Reward for Princess Anne's 70th Birthday


The Queen has been socially isolated at Windsor Castle in the midst of the coronovirus pandemic for the past three months, but it wasn't all doom and darkness.

Just two weeks after attending the wedding of her granddaughter Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at the Royal Lodge, she was present yesterday with another moving family engagement.

Because I can reveal that Her Majesty held a secret, socially distant lunch with her daughter, Princess Anne, next week before Anne's 70th birthday. The couple met at Frogmore House, an empty private royal residence on their Berkshire estate.

There were no other members of the royal family present and only minimal staff who are part of the "bubble" of the Queen's Castle.

The Queen has been socially isolated at Windsor Castle in the midst of the coronovirus pandemic for the past three months, but it wasn't all doom and darkness (File Image)

Her Majesty held a secret, socially distant lunch with her daughter Princess Anne (file picture)

Her Majesty held a secret, socially distant lunch with her daughter Princess Anne (file picture)

Buckingham Palace would not confirm why the mother and daughter met, but it is believed to have been an early birthday dinner for the Princess Royal.

Frogmore House was the venue for Harry and Meghan's wedding reception in 2018, as well as for one of the Queen's other grandchildren, Peter Phillips.

The original Frogmore House was built in 1680 by architect Charles II and derives its name from the preponderance of frogs that have always lived in the deep, swampy area.

Frogmore Cottage, where Harry and Meghan once lived, is on the property.

In 1923, the Duke and Duchess of York, the Queen's parents, spent part of their honeymoon there.

Buckingham Palace would not confirm why the mother and daughter met, but it is believed to have been an early birthday dinner for the Princess Royal. Above the Queen and Princess Anne at the Royal Ascot in 2017

Buckingham Palace would not confirm why the mother and daughter met, but it is believed to have been an early birthday dinner for the Princess Royal. Above the Queen and Princess Anne at the Royal Ascot in 2017

Royal sources said it was "rare but not uncommon" to be used by members of the royal family today, but more for "special occasions".

It was most likely chosen for privacy reasons as the castle is reopened to visitors due to social distance.

I understand that the 94-year-old Queen and her 99-year-old husband, Prince Philip, will become Windsor today and fly to Scotland. They will move to Balmoral, their private highland home, for their annual summer break until early October.

They are the family that generations of the royal family – as well as princes from overseas – have turned to as they expand their jewelry collections.

But now I can reveal that the unthinkable has happened – the Aspreys have disappeared from the West End of London.

William Asprey, the seventh generation of the family that runs the neighborhood, has made a troubling decision to put his company into administration – despite having a Queen's Royal Arrest Warrant and a £ 26 million annual profit just four years ago.

This astonishing result seemed to confirm Asprey's audacity to become self-employed in 1999 when he founded William & Son, four years after his father John Asprey sold the family company of the same name, founded in 1781, to Prince Jefri of Brunei for £ 243.5 million.

Within a decade, 54-year-old Asprey and his team of artisans created what the company called "the finest jewelry and timepieces" and a treasure trove of silver and glassware, while its gunsmiths made coveted trophy shotguns.

Since 2017, William & Son's fortunes have turned south, causing a total loss of £ 21m. The collapse of the company upsets Naim Attallah, a long-time friend and former managing director of Asprey. "It makes you cry," says Attallah. “The people who work for William worked for me. The economy is shrinking, causing people with high overheads to make decisions that they never thought would have to be made. It’s very depressing. & # 39;

The administrators, RSM Advisory, declined to comment, while Asprey could not be reached.

Maybe he's already planning a comeback. Nothing reflected his ambition better than calling William & Son – although son Tom had just been born – he intended to pass it on for generations to "another 200 years, I hope".

Rose, 9, leads Emilia up the garden path

The star of the silent witness Emilia Fox was surprised at the weekend at the age of 46 for her birthday.

The offspring of the acting dynasty – her father is Edward Fox – reveals that she has arrived at her home in West London to be led outside by her nine-year-old daughter Rose and to find an unexpected gift. Emilia posted a picture of herself online blowing out the candles on her cake. "My little girl covered my eyes and led me into the garden," she says.

I was shocked to see the most beautiful Harmondsworth table and the most beautiful Chatto chairs that I dreamed of. The garden has always been my favorite place. & # 39;

The star of the silent witness Emilia Fox was spoiled with a surprise birthday party

The star of the silent witness Emilia Fox was spoiled with a surprise birthday party

Prince Charles competes against the Queen in royal alcohol operations.

After Buckingham Palace gin of botanicals from the royal gardens started trading last month, Charles has just launched his own Highgrove Organic Garden Botanical Gin.

Charles & # 39; Gin costs £ 39.95 and undercuts the Buckingham Palace brand by five pence – the perfect "heir to the dog". He also sells Highgrove engraved bowl-shaped crystal gin glasses for £ 19.95 and engraved barrel-shaped cups for £ 11.95.

The queen mother would have given her daughter and her grandson a toast – their favorite drink was Gin and Dubonnet with a lemon wedge under the ice.

That's how it works, mom

Supermodel Kate Moss seems more than happy that her 17-year-old daughter takes the lead.

Kate, 46, left a restaurant in Ibiza and smiled as Lila walked on in denim shorts and a white crop top.

The duo dined with pop star Rita Ora on the Spanish island, where Kate and Lila – whose father is magazine editor Jefferson Hack – go on vacation with Kate's friend Nikolai von Bismarck.

Kate, 46, left a restaurant in Ibiza and smiled as Lila walked on in denim shorts and a white crop top

Kate, 46, left a restaurant in Ibiza and smiled as Lila walked on in denim shorts and a white crop top

The Vogue cover star, who showed her tan in black shorts, helped Lila follow in her footsteps by signing on with her talent agency of the same name.

At the age of just 16, Lila played for Marc Jacobs, a close friend of the family, on her fashion campaign debut.

Lady Jenni Murray, who has written a book about her lifelong struggle with weight, says there is a price to lose if you lose too much. "I don't want to annoy Nigel Lawson in any way – but when he lost more than half his body weight, his face just collapsed. I thought, "Do I really want to lose that beautiful skin that isn't wrinkled?" So I didn't try to lose more weight. If I fancy a chocolate eclair, I have one. & # 39;

Move over Matthew Crawley. Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens, who lives in America, announces that he still gets a lot of attention on the US HBO show High Maintenance 2014 because he plays crossdressers.

"One of the things I get stopped for when people want to say what it means to them is high maintenance," says Stevens of the show in which he plays a house man who does the clothes of his Woman wearing.

“I think this character has been very well received by many people, regardless of whether they are crossdressers or not. It's more about just being true to who you are in the world. & # 39;

Move over Matthew Crawley. Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens, who lives in America, announces that he still gets a lot of attention on the US HBO show High Maintenance 2014 because he plays crossdressers.

"One of the things I get stopped for when people want to say what it means to them is high maintenance," says Stevens of the show in which he plays a house man who does the clothes of his Woman wearing.

“I think this character has been very well received by many people, regardless of whether they are crossdressers or not. It's more about just being true to who you are in the world. & # 39;

All aboard the love boat

You can't buy love with money, but Phones 4u founder John Caudwell happens to have both of them under control. The billionaire philanthropist smiled at the weekend when he celebrated his sixth anniversary with Olympic cyclist Modesta Vzesniauskaite, who is 31 years younger than him at 36.

Modesta, pictured aboard his £ 65m super-yacht Titania, wrote: "One of the best gifts in life is to love and be loved unconditionally."

John Caudwell smiled at the weekend as he celebrated his sixth anniversary with Olympic cyclist Modesta Vzesniauskait

John Caudwell smiled at the weekend as he celebrated his sixth anniversary with Olympic cyclist Modesta Vzesniauskait

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