EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Will the King give Balmoral to Scotland?
By Ephraim Hardcastle for the Daily Mail
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Does King Charles have a master plan to appease the Republican Greens who hold power with Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland? Patrick Harvie, co-leader of the Greens, has said royal ‘shooting and hunting grounds could be better used to serve local communities and create more jobs’.
Could Charles donate Balmoral to the Scottish nation for that purpose? In 2008, it was reported that he made just such an offer at a private dinner in Birkhall with then-Prime Minister Alex Salmond. His motive would be to save £3million annual running costs and keep adjacent Birkhall as his official Scottish residence. Check out this space.Read:Vesper review – exceptional post-apocalyptic sci-fi with a YA edge | Film
Does King Charles have a master plan to appease the Republican Greens who hold power with Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland?
What happened to the king’s syringe pen at Hillsborough Castle? Courtiers whisper that the writing implements traveled with him on his flight to Northern Ireland, where his servant removes it from his coat and places it in a special box of quilted paper. It is prone to leakage at high altitudes, so when the plane lands, the pen is removed, cleaned, refilled and placed back in the jacket. Charles never fills his own pen because he doesn’t like ink on his fingers. Can fountain pens suffer from jet lag?
Carol Vorderman, pictured, should start thinking about what to wear when she’s called up to Buckingham Palace to receive her ladyship. She currently appears on TV’s Celebrity Gogglebox with Gyles Brandreth, she succeeds Sheila Hancock, Joanna Lumley and Maureen Lipman who all became Dame Commanders after sharing a couch with the gabby polymath.
“The exciting thing for Carol,” Gyles says, “is that since I’ve been Goggleboxing the other ladies, they’ve all become Ladies. My wife said the Queen looked at it and thought, ‘These poor women, who have to watch Naked Attraction with Gyles, they deserve it’.Read:Geri Horner looks chic in all-white ensemble as she cosies up to husband Christian
Carol Vorderman, pictured, should think about what to wear when summoned to Buckingham Palace to receive her ladyship
Outrage at ITN over Dan Walker’s praise for BBC rival Huw Edwards has been compounded by Channel 4 news anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy. He tweeted: “The BBC’s technical video and audio coverage is nothing short of brilliant.” Employees at ITN, which produces Krishnan’s bulletins, accuse him of infidelity with one saying, ‘Because he didn’t follow up on Jon Snow [as the only chief presenter]maybe this is a job application.’
Historian Andrew Roberts says King Charles will already consider selecting his mother’s official biographer. “He’s going to have a strong idea of who the person would be doing this,” Roberts says.
“I’m in no way saying I wouldn’t take the job, but there are at least six historians who are much more likely to get the part.” To paraphrase Mrs. Doyle, the silly housekeeper in Father Ted, “You will, Andrew, you will.”
And what about HM’s eventual Boswell having access to her diaries? According to Michael Palin, they may be less than complete. He recalled a meeting at Windsor Castle where he was shown George V’s diary by the Queen, and asked her, ‘Do you keep a diary? She said, “Yeah, but after about two minutes I’m going to… huh!” [playfully demonstrating how she falls asleep with boredom].’