EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: King Charles has reportedly already written his Christmas Day message without recourse to advisers
With his Christmas Day message in the bag, King Charles has, according to my source, written the script himself without recourse to advisers.
This follows last year’s inaugural address to the nation when officials were only allowed to make minor alterations to fit with archive footage inserted by the producers.
The King has learnt that he speaks best when he does so as off-the-cuff as possible, a talent he learnt relatively late in life.
It was at the Diamond Jubilee Concert on The Mall in 2012 that Charles decided his formal notes wouldn’t do and rewrote his speech while in the royal box.
He even fired the crowd up to chant Prince Philip’s name loudly so that he might hear it in hospital where he was recuperating after getting drenched at the river pageant. It moved the Queen almost to tears.
This follows last year’s inaugural address to the nation (pictured above) when officials were only allowed to make minor alterations to fit with archive footage inserted by the producers
It was at the Diamond Jubilee Concert on The Mall in 2012 (pictured above at the end of the concert) that Charles decided his formal notes wouldn’t do and rewrote his speech while in the royal box
William travelled to Kuwait to express condolences on the death of the Emir who has been succeeded by his 83-year-old brother, Prince Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
The accession of another octogenarian may well come as a relief to King Charles who met the new Emir at Buck House in October.
At 75 King Charles is now comparatively youthful among world monarchs with at least nine (depending on how you count them) older than him including the Queen of Denmark, 83 and the King of Norway, 86, and Saudi Arabia, 87.
The new oldest heir apparent on the planet is Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik, a stripling at 55.
Caroline Aherne remembered as a practical joker by her Royle Family co-writer Craig Cash, once found fellow comedy scriptwriter Henry Normal asleep on a London-bound train.
‘Somebody had a copy of Loaded, so she opened it at a picture of a scantily clad woman, got a pair of knickers out of her bag and put them on Henry’s head,’ recalls Craig.
‘She then made the guard wake him up and caution him. She’d do anything for a laugh.’
Caroline Aherne (pictured in 2001) remembered as a practical joker by her Royle Family co-writer Craig Cash, once found fellow comedy scriptwriter Henry Normal asleep on a London-bound train
Comparing Ralph Fiennes’ and David Tennant’s current British stage portrayals of Macbeth, Houman Barekat writes: ‘Fiennes and Tennant are both outstanding talents, but very different in corporeal stature and bearing.
‘Just a few months ago, Fiennes delivered a compelling turn as an England soccer coach in Dear England at the National Theatre, in London.’
Er, wouldn’t that be Ralph’s younger actor brother Joseph Fiennes? On me ‘ead Barekat!
Jacob Rees-Mogg was among the politicians with a show on GB News who failed to make the channel’s Christmas party near London Bridge at Redwood House, but lo and behold Liz Truss made an appearance.
Is she echoing Yosser’s mantra from 80s TV show The Boys from the Blackstuff: ‘I can do that. Gizza job!’
Taking aim at Michael O’Leary’s budget airline, bewigged Tory MP Michael Fabricant complains: ‘Ryanair, oh boy… I stick to British Airways. But honestly, Ryanair, so rude!’
Did Michael have to pay to put his wig box in the overhead locker?
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