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Paul Burell’s New Look

burrell.jpgA VISIT to the Paul Burrell’s official website (Burrell: Diana and My Website) reveals the message: “Temporarily closed, for updates and a new look… come back soon.”

A new book? No, a new look? Didn’t he give the dresses back?

Posted: 21st, January 2008 | In: Royal Family, Tabloids | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Buckingham Palace Snubs Kiwis

SIR Edmind Hillarey is dead. And our dear Royals: “Buckingham Palace has decided not to send a member of the royal family to Sir Edmund Hillary’s funeral in what will be seen as a snub to one of the country’s greatest legends.”

Are they saying that Prince Edward is too busy?

Posted: 20th, January 2008 | In: Royal Family | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Royals Flee On The Queen’s Flight

prince-william-at-airforce-training1.jpgPRINCE William is leaning to fly planes. He is not the only Royal flyer. The Prince of Wales, The Duke of York and The Earl of Wessex can all fly a plane. It is the cause of much excitement on the cover of Hello! magazine.

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother once took the controls of the de Havilland Comet I jet. She told us: “I am delighted to tell you that today I took over as first pilot of a Comet aircraft. We exceeded a reading of 0.8 Mach at 40,000 ft. What the passengers thought, I really wouldn’t like to say! Elizabeth R., Hon. Air Commodore, 600 Squadron.”

King George VI, King Edward VIII, the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent all learnt to fly in the 1920s and 1930s.

Either the Royals like to get away from it all, or else they are preparing for an evacuation. Hence, the Queen’s Flight, literally.

Come the revolution, the Windsors will be many thousands of feet up in the air, each in a separate aircraft lest they all perish as one and Sarah Ferguson is the last remaining member of their tribe and proclaimed Queen…

Posted: 18th, January 2008 | In: Hello!, Royal Family | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Princess Of Tides: Streisand At Diana’s Mousetrap

mousetrap1.jpgTHE Princess Diana Inquest is vying with the Mousetrap to be the longest running show in town.

“It’s the cleverest murder mystery of the British theatre!” – Telegraph

“A truly entertaining classic thriller” – Sunday Times

“A fuggin’ murderous Royal night out” – Daily Express

Whodunnit? Was it the copper, Sergeant Trotter, played in the Express by Paul Condon, the former Metropolitan police commissioner, Britain’s top copper at the time of Diana’s death?

Michael Mansfield, QC for Mohammed Al Fayed, puts it to Mr Condon that he was up to no good. He puts it to Mr Condon that he was part of a “criminal conspiracy”.

Condon says that is a “blatant lie”. And: “But I find the suggestion, even though I respect your right to raise it, as totally abhorrent, offensive, and would actually mean that I am a murderer or, in essence, part of a murderous conspiracy”.

The audience gasps. A body stirs. “I’m mad and my husband agrees,” says Diana, who could be dressed in a Newcastle United replica kit with “I’m mad me,” inked on the back.

“He wants me treated in a home.”

A Ms Barbra Streisand listens. She is in conversation with Diana in 1992 at the film premier of the film the . The comments were overheard by Diana’s “interior designer pal” Roberto Devorik.

Says Devorik: “It’s my belief the man she loved until she closed her eyes was the Prince of Wales.”


Posted: 18th, January 2008 | In: Royal Family, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Paul Burrell: Diana And The ‘Pitiful Charade’

the-rock.jpgPAUL Burrell is at the Princess Diana inquest. He has in his possession a “last secret”.

What happens next leads to the “humiliation of Burrell” (Express) and a “FLOP SECRET” (Sun).

It was high time Burrell broke his silence. He owes it to Diana. And now he is ready.

The court waits. The room is alive with speculation. Would this be the moment Burrell reveals how the Queen Mother made a pass at him and when rebuffed threatened to reveal how Diana had asked for his hand in marriage and had worked incognito as a Lenny Henry lookalike for two years?…

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Posted: 16th, January 2008 | In: Royal Family, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Princess Diana’s Is The Media’s Whore

prostitute.jpgNO easy thing to breathe new life into the Princess Diana legend.

But her mother Frances Shand Kydd has made good fist at it by calling her daughter a “WHORE”.

Kydd, who looks like Michael Caine in drag, gives rise to the front-page headlines: “YOU WHORE DIANA” (Sun), “DIANA YOU ARE A WHORE” (Express), “THE DAY DIANA’S MOTHER CALLED HER A WHORE (Mail) and “DIANA WAS A WHORE” (Star).

The shock may have affected the papers’ ability to pun and make light of news. But it can be hoped that this development has opened up new and exciting avenues for Diana and her official merchandisers.

Look out for the Diana’ Telephone Kiosk Calling Card (embossed and bearing the legend “By Royal Appointment”), the Diana Doll (with realistic tilting head) and the Diana: No Hire Love, a 500-page study on Diana’s knicker drawer by Paul Burrell…

Posted: 15th, January 2008 | In: Royal Family, Tabloids | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Sarkozy And Bruni Pay Queen’s Bed And Board

sarkozy-bruni.jpgPRESIDENT Nicolas Sarkozy of France is to visit Her Majesty the Queen on his first State Visit to the United Kingdom since becoming President of the French Republic.

The State Visit will begin on 26 March 2008 at Windsor Castle and will last until 28 March 2008.

And the Sun’s Fergus Shanahan reports that “snooty courtiers” (are there any other kind?) want separate rooms for Sarkozy and his leggy lover Carla Bruni. This, we are told, is because they are unmarried.

Perhaps a compromise can be reached and two single beds be divided by a bedside table, or a member of the household cavalry?

But, hold on, five pages earlier, the same paper reports: “Sarkozy has wed his Carla.” Surely now the President and his wife can share a double bed and not have to meet in secret by the big tree…?

Posted: 15th, January 2008 | In: Politicians, Royal Family, Tabloids | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Paul Burrell Rocks Up

the-rock.jpgVACUUM the carpet and dust off your Man At Diana dress, Paul Burrell is arrived in town.

There’s Burrell on the covers of the Mail and Express. He’s appearing at the Princess Diana Inquest.

“Diana’s ‘rock’ faces a grilling…will he drop a bombshell?” asks the paper. Or will he save it for his next book?
A world waits…

Posted: 14th, January 2008 | In: Royal Family, Tabloids | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Walls Have Ears: Princess Diana Bugged, And Charles

prince-charles.jpg“DIANA: ‘SHE WAS BEING BUGGED’,” says the Mails’ front-page headline.

Princess Diana asked former soldier Graham Harding to scan her room in Kensington Palace. He located a “suspected bug behind a wall in her bedroom, adjacent to a room which had been used by Charles”.

If you were going to bug someone wouldn’t you gain access to her chamber, perhaps by passing yourself off as a TV interview, doctor, dress salesman or playboy, and then plant the bug in a telephone or box of tissues?

“How Diana’s bedroom chats were bugged,” says the Express on its cover page, a fact illustrated by a smiling Diana. “Diana’s bedroom was being bugged,” says another headline inside the paper, the initial fact repeated aloud in Town Crier voice.

While the Express repeats, Mr Harding continues to talk. Says he: “As you walk into her bedroom, I believe there was another room off it where this royal highness the Prince of Wales had a room and it was on that wall.”

Indeed, a room each, with a decompression chamber between, a Demilitarized Zone where taffeta and tweed are ever watchful of the other. Such is the way of the royals, who also – and this is fact! – furnish bedrooms with a sofa placed at the foot of each bed.

But we digress. Mr Harding, the stand is yours. He is unable to examine the device. There is “no indication” that the fabric on the wall had been altered. Says he: “It could have been innocent electronic equipment in another room.”

“Diana’s bedroom was being bugged,” says the Express, over and over and over…

Posted: 8th, January 2008 | In: Royal Family, Tabloids | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Prince William Flight Of Fancy

prince-william-flying.jpgPRINCE William is training to be a pilot. Of course, William is part of the Royal Family, aka the Windsors, and their drive to appear modern, normal and working, just like some of the rest of us.

Which means that he doesn’t learn to fly in at a private flying school but with the RAF.

Says the Mail: “By the end of his course, William should be able to fly solo and perform the loop-the-loop”.

Next stop: learning to drive a Speed Boat with the Sea Cadets…

Posted: 8th, January 2008 | In: Royal Family, Tabloids | Comments (5) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Princess Diana’s Circle Of Tears Drops

THE Circle Of Tears, the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, is sinking.

Bob Munroe, billed in the Mail as an “engineering expert”, says the fountain should be rebuilt from scratch.

“It’s a disaster,” says he. “Hundreds of litres of water [tears] are leaking away every day and as a result it’s causing subsidence and making the paths rise and buckle.”

This rebuild would mean more expense, which seems fitting for the woman who is now centre stage in £10million inquest into her death.

And where there is Diana there is opinion. A spokesman for the Royal Parks Agency says: “The fountain is not an engineering disaster. It is not sinking, subsiding or leaking hundreds of litres of water a day.”

This one could run and run. Look out for a Daily Express (“Is Diana crying?) and Prince Philip with a sledgehammer…

Posted: 4th, January 2008 | In: Royal Family, Tabloids | Comments (8) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Power Corrupts: Royal Family Warned On Global Warming

lights.jpgTHE rapture of the Al Goreans has touched the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James.

Addressing a congregation at St Mary Magdalene Church, Norfolk (the Royal Family in attendance), the Bishop says: “Some people, I have noticed around here, turn their houses into minor ecological disaster zones.”

The Queen’s Sandringham estate was, as the Telegraph notes on its front page, lit up by half a mile of fairy lights.

Whether aimed at the Windsors or not, the Bishop’s point is noted. And we commend to his attention another story in the Telegraph: “London’s £1.3m big bang to welcome in 2008.”

The picture is of the London Eye Ferris Wheel lit up like a massive halo. Of course, this is a picture from last year. And in the spirit of Recycling we urge all revelers along London’s South bank to party like it’s 1999 and thrill to the River of Fire.

Anorak will be handing out pictures of that event (blink and you miss it), and encouraging party goers to nod in appreciation (breathing, whooping, and cheering only add to global warming).

It’s what the Bishop would want…

The Queen Mother is be exhumed and her remains scatterd by a sapling in London’s Green Park, Prince Charles ears are to be fitted with solar panels and  Prince William encouraged to breathe only when absolutely necessary

Posted: 31st, December 2007 | In: Broadsheets, Royal Family | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Princess Diana Is Now A Joke

CAN we laugh at Princess Diana, in public. Did we laugh at Madeleine McCann?

I once heard Jerry Sadowitz deliver a fake news bulletin: “Here is the news – Princess Diana put her hair in a bun and her **** in a toaster”.

Now this on the BBC:

Can we laugh? Is there a time frame for these things?

Posted: 28th, December 2007 | In: Royal Family | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Prince Edward Names Baby

edward-baby.jpgEDWARD Wessex and his blonde Sophie cradle their knockout newborn son and show him off to the world. “Beaming Sophie” (Express) and “delighted” Eddie (Mail) could not be happier.

All that remains is to choose a name. Viscount Severn will open doors, but bookmakers tell the Mail the “most likely” choice is Archie at 8-1. The Express agrees and says it’s James at 3-1.


The top 10 candidates are as follows:

1. Mohammed
2. RJH Public Relations
3. Mini-Series
4. Mazher Mahmood
5. My Edward’s Not Gay
6. Rover
7. Ardent
8. Edward Formerly-Known-As-Prince
9. Joker
10. Jules

Posted: 21st, December 2007 | In: Royal Family, Tabloids | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Princess Diana Warns Camilla

diana-car.jpgTHE Princess Diana inquest moves on and on and on, and the Express has a front-page headline: “CHARLES PLANS TO MURDER ME – Seen for the first time, Diana’s anguished letter naming her husband in car ‘accident’ death plot”.

Readers are drawn towards “Diana’s distinctive large, rounded hand”. The news gets more and more intriguing, and readers wonder how Diana managed to conceal this apparent deformity from view for so long. Answers to the usual address.

But the Royals are good at keeping secrets. Only last week we learned that Prince Philip, far from being a man who had made Diana “fear for her life” (Express) was “Dearest Pa”, a nice old boy she could turn to for advice.

Now writes Diana: “I’m sitting here at my desk today in October, longing for someone to hug me and encourage me to keep strong and hold my head high. This particular phase in my life is the most dangerous. My husband is planning ‘an accident’ in my car, break failure and serious head injury in order to make it clear for him to marry Tiggy [Legge-Bourke, the nanny]. Camilla is nothing but a decoy.”

How more right could Diana have been? Spooky.

Perhaps now Camilla will take more care, choosing to wear her seat belt while hurtling through the streets of Paris with her playboy lover…

Posted: 20th, December 2007 | In: Royal Family | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Nine Looks At Queen Elizabeth’s Bruise

queen-elizabeth-bruise.jpgHER Majesty the Queen has a bruise on her neck.

The Express features the blemish on its front page. “Mystery of the Queen’s bruise,” it announces. Inside: “How did one get a bruise?”

DAILY EXPRESS: “’PHILIP IN PLOT TO KILL QUEEN’” – Mohammed Al Fayed says the Queen has been targeted by SPECTRE. “That man from Oncle,” he knows, says Mr Fayed. “Give him call”









Posted: 19th, December 2007 | In: Royal Family | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Prince Edward Is Reproduced

prince-edward.jpgIT is Prince Edward on the Daily Mail’s front page.

Hard to spot, admittedly, with no baseball cap and not being dressed up as a root vegetable for a game of knockabout fun on It’s A Knockout, but that is the The Weed In Tweed alright, the royal who makes living filming his immediate family members and their homes.

The news is that not only has Eddie been spotted but that he is now reproduced. He and his wife Sophie Essex have given birth to boy, a second child.

Stood by a hospital and drawing on hi experience in theatre, Eddie says the new child is “cute and cuddly”.

The image would only be improved upon were Eddie to be delivering his tribute to mother and baby while clutching a teddy, preferably one of his own…

Posted: 18th, December 2007 | In: Royal Family, Tabloids | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Pa For The Course: Testing Princess Diana And Prince Philip

diana-philip.jpgWHAT excitement on hearing that Prince Philip’s letters to Princess Diana have been made public at the inquest into her death.

Philip is famously Greek, and Diana was partial to a foreign gentleman. Might more be revealed than anyone could have dared think?

“Thank you for taking the time to respond to my letter,” writes Philip in fluent English. “I hope this means we can continue to make use of this form of communication since there appears to be very little other opportunity to exchange views.”

Philip’s letters are typed. Diana’s letters all begin “Dearest Pa” and are all handwritten.

Experts will cue up to comment on that. But we wonder if there is not something odd about calling your in-laws mum and dad, pa or ma? If they are your mother, what does that make your spouse – your brother, your sister? Should such name calling be encouraged?

“DEAREST PA,” says the Mail’s front-page headline. “Revealed: Intimate letters between Diana and Philip.”

It all depends on how you read these missives. The Mail sees a bond in the edited letters. The Express reads the same letters and asks: “Did Philip want Diana dead?”

In years to come one imagines that question forming the basis of an A-level exam, students invited to quote the set texts: Daily Express 1997-2007; Paul Burrell Volumes I to XI and Philips Letters – The Who The Hell Are You? collection.

Posted: 14th, December 2007 | In: Royal Family, Tabloids | Comments (10) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Walk (About) On: Her Majesty The Queen Calms Down

queen-elizabeth-liverpool.jpgWE live in an age where every high street from Land’s End to John O’Groats looks the same, and the spice of regional difference is lost in the cloying custard of conformity… or something.

Even local accents are under threat, as “Estuary English” has now been noted as far north as Scotland.

So it’s good to learn that there’s one place where you can still hear an old-fashioned Liverpool or London accent. And it won’t surprise you to learn that the place in question is that bastion of tradition, Buckingham Palace.

“SCOUSE OF WINDSOR,” declares the Sun, below a picture of HRH The Queen, with a speech bubble bearing the royal legend: “Calm down, calm down.”

The story relates to an interview (“approved by the palace”) with Angela Kelly. In case that name is unfamiliar, you might know her better by her official title: Personal Assistant, Adviser and Curator to Her Majesty The Queen (Jewellery, Insignias and Wardrobe).

The paper reports that, according to Angela, the Queen is “a dead ringer for a Scouser”. And Angela should know, as she hails from the ‘Pool herself.

“I love the Queen and everything about her,” says the 55-year-old mother of three. “I adore her, then so does everyone.”

We do indeed. But what about this Scouse business?

“The Queen has a wicked sense of humour, and is a great mimic,” reveals Angela.

Well, we all know that – she’s always mimicking that bored-looking woman in a hat. You know, the one with the catchphrase, “And what do you do, then?”

But there’s more…

“She can do all the accents,” says Angela admiringly. “Including mine.”

The paper reminds us that this is “not the first time details of the Queen’s love of mimicking accents has come to light”. A few years ago Princess Michael of Kent told how the Queen “likes to put on a Cockney accent”.

Stalk On 

All perfectly splendid, of course, but isn’t there a danger that all this accent-hopping might encourage her loyal subjects to become a trifle over-familiar?

Not as long as Angela is around. The paper reassures us that the personable PA “knows her place”.

“I would never overstep the mark and I remain in awe of the Queen,” she vows.

Angela allows herself a moment of melancholy, as is said to be traditional among Scousers. “If I died tomorrow,” she reflects, “my girls have been trained to make sure that the Queen’s life carries on smoothly without me.”

In the meantime, though, there is much to look forward to. “I hope the Queen and I grow old together,” she says simply.

And so say all of us. The thought of Her Majesty having to master a Polish accent at her advanced age is quite unacceptable.

This royal story is now officially finished, and you may sit down if you wish.

Posted: 10th, December 2007 | In: Royal Family, Tabloids | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Prince Harry Stops Smoking And Seeks New Job

princeharry.jpgON the sober field of beige that is the Royal Family, stands Prince Harry, the flame-haired champion of drinking (hoorah!), puffing (hooray!) and groping (he’s behind you!).But now comes news in the Mirror that Harry Baseball Cap has given up the evil weed (that one too, we’d wager). News is that Harry, a 20-a-day man in the prime, has stopped smoking.

It could be argued that with Harry’s hands employed twirling his smoke, they are less likely to cause him to problems.

Indeed, had only his father Charles spent his idle moments smoking he might have embarked on hobbies more enduring and edifying than befriending begonias and being fascinated by tampons.

Now Prince Harry is a non-smoker. No, it’s worse than that – he’s a reformed smoker. As the Mirror says: “Now he’s said to have conquered his addiction, Harry’s next job will be to work on his South African girlfriend – Chelsy Davy, 22, who is known to be fiond of a crafty drag.”

Of almost girlfriend. The Mail says Harry is “desperate to win her back”.

And keen to do something with his hands…

Posted: 3rd, December 2007 | In: Royal Family, Tabloids | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Respect Due: Would You Curtsey To Camilla Or Bono?

americanroyalty.jpgTHE Mail has a question: “Would you CURTSEY to Camilla?”

“Cherie wouldn’t. Sarah Brown graciously did. But by bending the knee to royalty, the PM’s wife sparked a furious debate…”

We would have it that the question was thrown open and the nodding heads lined up by the Mail invited to say who they would show deference to.

Ingrid Tarrant says “YES” she would curtsey to Camilla, should Camilla ever be in her local Surrey butcher’s say, or wine bar. But would she extend the same courtesy to Bob Geldof, Anthea Turner or Jordan?

Maeve Haren, Rosie Millard, Melanie McDonagh, Margaret Cook and Victoria Coren all says “NO”. They are all writers by trade or, heaven help us, journalists.

Would any of them prefer to appear with the rich and the celebrated rather then the merely royal? Sarah Brown genuflects for Camilla; Gordon Brown bends at the knee of the Arctic Monkeys.

The hereditaries are barred from the House of Lords, replaced by Lord Hucknell of Manchester, Lord Bono of G8 and Lady Fiona Phillips. It is not a class thing, as Cherie Blair might well have supposed, rather one of respect. And who do you respect, Camilla or the new Queen of the celebrity jungle, or American royalty..?

Picture: 14 

Posted: 27th, November 2007 | In: Royal Family, Tabloids | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Princess Diana Could Have Been Pregnant, Maybe

diana.jpg“DIANA – She could have been pregnant expert tells jury.”

The Daily Express brings news on its front page of Princess Diana. Inside and: “Doctor admits: Diana may have been newly pregnant.”

Diana fans will enjoy the word “admits”. In the white heat of the inquest Dr Robert Chapman is left with no choice other then to admit that had Diana been in the very early stages of pregnancy there would have been no way of his knowing.

Dr Chapman is the home office pathologist who conducted Diana’s post-mortem.

Now at last there is value to be found in the £10million inquest. This is progress.

“Princess Diana was not pregnant when she died and was only enjoying a ‘friendship” with Dodi Fayed,” the Mail hears Diana’s driver Colin Tebbutt say on the record.

But, Mr Tebbutt, we put it to you that COULD have been pregnant. Admit that, at least. We all of us must.

Dr Chapman says he did not see any “indication when examining Diana’s uterus and ovaries” of the princess’s pregnancy.

As the Telegraph front page says: “DIANA INQUEST – ‘NO SIGN SHE WAS PREGNANT’.”

But that Diana could have been one, two or three weeks pregnant has been established. Now the case can finally move on and we can find out if Diana COULD have been planning to wear brown in town, COULD have been set for a bout of adult acne and COULD have been a natural brunette…

Posted: 27th, November 2007 | In: Royal Family, Tabloids | Comments (8) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Jam Today: Prince Charles And Camilla Get Stood Up

charles-camilla-meal.jpgPRINCE Charles and his flavoursome wife Camilla are at table.

Many other guests at the banquet of Commonwealth Prime Ministers are not in evidence. The room is less busy than the Wembley conference hall booked for the Stave McClaren Appreciation Society.

There is no sign of Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah. When they do arrive, as the Express notes, “They told him they got caught up in a traffic jam of official cars.”

Prince Charles is pictured smiling broadly. The Express says “Charles’ popularity is on the wane”. The no-show is evidence of a “snub”. Charles smiles.

The paper senses opposition to his marriage to Camilla. This is why leaders decided not to attend. Some claim to be “too tired”, as the Mail notes.

And Charles smiles. Why?

For starters, with less diners there is more food to around. And with less travel, the meal produces a smaller carbon footprint, Mr Brown’s motorcade, notwithstanding.

And then there is the chatter. As the small talk dries after 10 or 15 minutes, Charles can make a ready quip about the availability of seats, their being no need to book ahead and his wife’s aftershave…

Posted: 26th, November 2007 | In: Royal Family, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Princess Beatrice: An ‘Unusual’ Royal Euphermism

SAY the Mail: “Princess Perfect: How Beatrice is turning into a most unusual young royal.”

Answers to the usual adress as to what “unusual” means… 

Posted: 25th, November 2007 | In: Royal Family, Tabloids | Comments (5) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Her Majesty Queen Does A Diana: Portrait Unveiled

queen-portrait.jpgHER Majesty the Queen is in Uganda.

There she has been offered a portrait of she and Prince Philip, as painted by one Joackim Onyangeo Nedalo. He has travelled from his native Kenya to present Her Majesty with his work, which took him three months to complete.

Mr Nedalo will be delighted to know that “his picture was drawn to her attention as she drove past in her bullet-proof Range Rover”.

No time to stop as Her Majesty heads for what the Times calls a “Diana moment”.

No, she’s not shopping, romancing a soldier or placing her hair in a bun. The Queen is shaking the hand of an ill man. As the Times notes: “Stephen Wakodo is HIV positive. Yesterday he shook hands with the Queen in Uganda. The occasion was a first for both of them.”

Mr Wakodo has not shaken hands with the Queen before, nor with Diana, who is pictured pressing the flesh of HIV patient Shane Snape back in 1987.

There are many firsts in this event – the Queen has never “knowingly” met an HIV sufferer before; never before met an HIV patient while wearing a lime green dress; never before met Mr Wakodo.

It is also the first time Her Majesty has been alikened to Diana, of whom portraits are in ready supply…

Posted: 23rd, November 2007 | In: Broadsheets, Royal Family, Tabloids | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0