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A bit of gossip

A bit of gossip

Ahhh, there’s nothing like a bit of gossip to kick off the weekend, and Royal journalist Ingrid Seward certainly upped the ante with her talk on the Queen’s Speeech.

This was Heat magazine, Hello, and OK! at its very best - refined, sophisticated, elegant and just when your concentration started to drift, slam-bang-thank-you-Ma’am unforgettable.

For instance, according to a contact of a contact of a contact (or frankly across the garden wall at the bottom of Buckingham Palace…), when the Queen entertained the Chinese president at a State visit last year,  Mr Xi Jinping proved not only dull but worse still, boasted appalling halitosis.

And just as deliciously, it turns out the Queen LOVES IT when things go wrong at official functions (just a tip: knowing that, if and when you are introduced to her, she’ll look on you favourably if you make a faux pas…).

Indeed, one of the Queen’s favourite anecdotes is how, 30 years ago when a Duchess attended a state ball, not only did her beautiful gown get caught in part of a footman’s uniform and come off, but so did her wig.

Top-notch, scandalous entertainment that must easily be the festival’s best guilty secret.

Loved it!

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford HSBC Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner BBC World Service International radio partner BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner British Academy HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture Galileo Foundation Italian Cultural Institute Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Ian and Carol Sellars Lady Hatch Emily Rose and James Marrow George Warren Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Marshall Maserati Festival courtesy cars The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Eynsham Hall Said Business School Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Corpus Christi College The Queen’s College The Queen's College St John’s College St John's College Jesus College Hertford College Exeter College Exeter College St Hilda’s College Keble College Keble College Oxford University Press Princeton University Press Oxford Brookes University Oxford Cultural Collective K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ashmolean Museum Floris of London University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Macdonald Bear Hotel Conference Oxford Critchleys Liaison Financial Services The Litmus Partnership British Humanist Association The Sheldonian Theatre Felicity Bryan Associates The Royal Society of Literature Oxford University Museum of Natural History The Story Museum Oxford City Council City Audio Visual OX magazine