Ephraim Hard­cas­tle

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

SADLY for those of us keen on an in-the-flesh peek at France’s well­p­re­served first lady, Brigitte Macron, 64, she won’t ac­com­pany her hus­band, Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron, 40, on his visit here to­day. A Gal­lic source tells me what we’re miss­ing: ‘Brigitte was a mas­sive hit in China last week, wear­ing a sleek, sexy red coat hon­our­ing the Chi­nese flag and charm­ing ev­ery­one in a land that ven­er­ates the el­derly. She ended the week as the most searched-for keyword on the top Chi­nese search en­gine.’ Another chal­lenge for put-upon theresa May, 61, who vis­its China at the end of the month?

NOW ro­manc­ing screen sex­pot Dakota John­son, 28, pic­tured in the film Fifty Shades Of Grey, is po­lit­i­cal­ly­cor­rect Cold­play front­man Chris Martin, 40, en­tirely com­fort­able with her act­ing roles? She’s a star of the sup­pos­edly erotic movie se­ries and re­cently fin­ished the third. Her grand­mother, Tippi He­dren, who is 88 to­mor­row, star of Al­fred Hitch­cock’s 1963 horror film, The Birds, says of them: ‘I see the trail­ers. That’s all I have to watch.’

KNIGHtED for serv­ing David Cameron and jog­ging be­hind the ex-PM on work­outs, some­what ar­ro­gant tory MP Sir Des­mond Swayne is pic­tured asleep while his col­league Ken­neth Clarke ad­dressed the Com­mons. For­mer Labour de­fence sec­re­tary Fred Mul­ley was sacked for doz­ing in the cham­ber. What made mat­ters worse, he was speak­ing in a de­bate at the time. He also dozed while watch­ing an RAF fly­past with the Queen.

WHY do pun­ters per­sist in bet­ting that Tory MP Ja­cob Rees-Mogg will re­place Theresa May, mak­ing him the book­ies’ 4-1 favourite? Con­ven­tional opin­ion at Westminster is that the wealthy, fo­gey­ish, Ro­man Catholic fa­ther of six is a nat­u­ral back­bencher, doesn’t want to be a min­is­ter – far less PM – and has found his nat­u­ral home as chair­man of the Tory back­bench Brexit group. And yet…

WItH Harry and Meghan in Cardiff, will Wil­liam’s visit to a Lon­don hos­pi­tal be eclipsed? Not if Kate is with him, per­haps. But she’s not due to be there. Yet vir­tu­ally all of the Duchess of Cam­bridge’s pub­lic en­gage­ments in 2017 were in Lon­don, with no vis­its to Wales, Scot­land, North­ern Ire­land – or even to Corn­wall. As the next Princess of Wales, Kate is also the next Duchess of Corn­wall, which will pro­vide her and Wil­liam with a multi-mil­lion-pound an­nual in­come un­til they in­herit the even big­ger Duchy of Lan­caster.

PRES­I­DENT Don­ald Trump’s al­leged weight – 17 stone, says his doc­tor – has crit­ics jeer­ing that he’s much heav­ier. Ge­orge the Prince Re­gent, who was car­i­ca­tured as the most ob­scenely obese man in Bri­tain 200 years ago, was around 17 stone for most of his adult life. He would have him­self weighed in se­cret at the wine mer­chants Berry Bros. & Rudd in St James’s Street. For break­fast, he’d have two steaks, two pi­geons and 12 egg yolks, all baked in a mam­moth pie. Trump’s favourite eaterie, McDon­ald’s, of Happy Meals fame, had yet to be in­vented. Email: peter.mckay@dai­ly­mail.co.uk

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.