SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: The Queen’s Secret Gift for Princess Anne’s 70th Birthday

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The Queen has spent the past three months in social isolation at Windsor Castle amid the coronovirus pandemic, but it hasn’t been all gloomy.

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

Because I can reveal that Her Majesty has hosted a secret and socially estranged lunch with her daughter, Princess Anne, ahead of Anne’s 70th birthday next week. The couple met at Frogmore House, an empty private royal residence on their Berkshire estate.

No other members of the royal family were present, and only minimal staff who are part of the “bubble” of the queen’s castle.

The Queen has spent the past three months in social isolation at Windsor Castle amid the coronovirus pandemic, but it hasn’t been all gloomy (file image)

Her Majesty hosted a secret and socially distant lunch with her daughter, Princess Anne (file image)

Her Majesty hosted a secret and socially distant lunch with her daughter, Princess Anne (file image)

Buckingham Palace has not confirmed why the mother and daughter met, but it is believed to have been a birthday lunch for the Princess Royal.

Frogmore House hosted Harry and Meghan’s wedding reception in 2018, as well as that of one of the Queen’s other grandchildren, Peter Phillips.

The original Frogmore House was built in 1680 by the architect Charles II and takes its name from the preponderance of frogs that have always lived in the lowland swampy region.

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

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

Buckingham Palace has not confirmed why the mother and daughter met, but it is believed to have been a birthday lunch for the Princess Royal. Above, The Queen and Princess Anne at Royal Ascot in 2017

Buckingham Palace has not confirmed why the mother and daughter met, but it is believed to have been a birthday lunch for the Princess Royal. Above, The Queen and Princess Anne at Royal Ascot in 2017

Royal sources said it was “rare but not unheard of” to be used by members of the royal family today, but tended to be used for “special occasions”.

It was more than likely chosen for privacy, as the castle is once again open to visitors, as well as for reasons of social distancing.

I understand the Queen, 94, and her husband, 99, Prince Philip, are going to Windsor today and fly to Scotland. They will be wandering off to Balmoral, their private Highland home, until early October for their annual summer break.

They are the family that generations of the royal family – as well as princely overseas – have turned to whenever they’ve increased their jewelry collections.

But now, I can reveal, the unthinkable has happened – the Aspreys have disappeared from London’s West End.

William Asprey, the seventh generation of the family to run the Roost, made the painful decision to put his business under administration – despite having a royal tenure from the Queen and, just four years ago, recorded an annual profit of £ 26. million.

This prodigious result seems to justify Asprey’s daring to retire on his own in 1999, when he founded William & Son four years after his father, John Asprey, sold the eponymous family business, founded in 1781, to Prince Jefri. from Brunei for £ 243.5. million.

In a decade, Asprey, 54, and his team of craftsmen have created what the company has described as “the finest jewelry and watches,” as well as a treasure trove of silver and glassware, while its gunsmiths made coveted trophy hunting rifles.

Since 2017, William & Son’s fortunes have turned south and racked up losses totaling £ 21million, with the company’s collapse dismaying longtime friend Naim Attallah and former CEO of Asprey. “It makes you want to cry,” Attallah told me. “The people who work for William worked for me. The economy is shrinking, so people with high overheads are making decisions they never thought they should. It is very depressing.

Directors, RSM Advisory, decline to comment, while Asprey could not be reached.

Maybe he’s already planning a comeback. Nothing reflected his ambition better than to call the firm William & Son – even though his son Tom had just been born – he envisioned that it would be passed down from generation to generation for “another 200 years I hope”.

Rose, 9, leads Emilia down the garden path

Silent Witness star Emilia Fox got a surprise birthday party when she turned 46 this weekend.

The descendant of the Acting Dynasty – her father is Edward Fox – reveals that she arrived at her home in west London to be guided outside by her daughter, Rose, nine, to find an unexpected gift. Emilia posted a photo online of herself blowing out the candles on her cake. “My little girl covered my eyes and took me to the garden,” she said.

“I was amazed to see the most beautiful Harmondsworth table and the most beautiful Chatto chairs I dreamed of. The garden has always been my favorite place.

Silent Witness star Emilia Fox got a surprise birthday party

Silent Witness star Emilia Fox got a surprise birthday party

Prince Charles takes on the Queen in Royal Liquor Stakes.

After Buckingham Palace gin went on sale last month, made from selected plants in the Royal Gardens, Charles has just launched his own botanical gin Highgrove Organic Garden.

Charles’s gin is priced at £ 39.95, undercutting the Buckingham Palace brand by five pence – the perfect ‘heir to the dog’. It also sells Highgrove bowl-shaped engraved crystal gin glasses for £ 19.95 and engraved barrel-shaped tumblers for £ 11.95.

The Queen Mother is said to have toast her daughter and grandson – her favorite drink would be gin and Dubonnet with a lemon wedge under the ice.

Here’s how to do it, mom

Supermodel Kate Moss seems more than happy to have her 17-year-old daughter take the lead.

Leaving a restaurant in Ibiza, Kate, 46, smiled as Lila stepped forward 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 editor Jefferson Hack – are on vacation with Kate’s boyfriend Nikolai von Bismarck.

Leaving a restaurant in Ibiza, Kate, 46, smiled as Lila stepped forward in denim shorts and a white cropped top

Leaving a restaurant in Ibiza, Kate, 46, smiled as Lila stepped forward in denim shorts and a white cropped top

The Vogue cover star, who showed off her tan in black shorts, helped Lila follow in her footsteps by signing her to her eponymous art agency.

At just 16, Lila starred in her fashion campaign debut for Marc Jacobs, a close family friend.

Dame Jenni Murray, who has written a book on her longtime struggle with weight, says there is a price to be paid for losing too much. “I don’t want to upset Nigel Lawson in any way – but when he lost more than half of his weight, his face collapsed. I thought, “Do I really want to lose that beautiful skin that isn’t wrinkled?” So I didn’t try to lose weight anymore. If I fancy a chocolate eclair, I’ll get one.

Walk past Matthew Crawley. Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens, who lives in America, reveals that he still gets a lot of attention in the US for playing a transvestite on HBO’s High Maintenance in 2014.

“One of the things I get arrested for, as far as people wanting to say how much it meant to them, is High Maintenance,” Stevens says of the show he plays a housewife who wears his wife’s clothes.

“I think this character really resonated with a lot of people, whether they’re crossdressing or not. It’s more about just being true to who you are in the world.

Walk past Matthew Crawley. Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens, who lives in America, reveals that he still gets a lot of attention in the US for playing a transvestite on HBO’s High Maintenance in 2014.

“One of the things I get arrested for, as far as people wanting to say how much it meant to them, is High Maintenance,” Stevens says of the show he plays a housewife who wears his wife’s clothes.

“I think this character really resonated with a lot of people, whether they’re crossdressing or not. It’s more about just being true to who you are in the world.

All aboard the love boat

Money can’t buy you love, but Phones 4u founder John Caudwell has both in spades. The billionaire philanthropist was all smiles this weekend as he celebrated his sixth birthday with Olympic cyclist Modesta Vzesniauskaite, who at 36 is his junior at 31.

Photographed aboard his £ 65million superyacht Titania, Modesta wrote: “One of life’s best gifts is to love and be loved unconditionally. “

John Caudwell was all smiles this weekend as he celebrated his sixth birthday with Olympic cyclist Modesta Vzesniauskait

John Caudwell was all smiles this weekend as he celebrated his sixth birthday with Olympic cyclist Modesta Vzesniauskait

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