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The Queen's Bridesmaid, Lady Pamela Hicks, made the astonishing claim that a guest died after lunch in the stately home of her family

When in a Downton Abbey episode a Turkish diplomat died while in bed with Lady Mary, viewers hardly believed that his body could be carried away, while fellow guests remained blissfully unconscious.

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However, real life can be even more surprising. The Queen's Bridesmaid, Lady Pamela Hicks, made the astonishing claim that a guest died after lunch in the stately home of her family.

And, even more surprising, that Her Majesty helped to throw away the body.

The unfortunate guest was the Maharaja of Gwalior, who came to Broadlands, Hampshire, to dine with the father of Lady Pamela, the 1st Count Mountbatten of Burma, who was the last viceroy of India, as well as Prince Philip's beloved uncle.

The Queen's Bridesmaid, Lady Pamela Hicks, made the astonishing claim that a guest died after lunch in the stately home of her family

The Queen's Bridesmaid, Lady Pamela Hicks, made the astonishing claim that a guest died after lunch in the stately home of her family

When in a episode of Downton Abbey a Turkish diplomat died while in bed with Lady Mary, viewers hardly believed that his body could be carried away, while fellow guests remained blissfully unconscious

When in a episode of Downton Abbey a Turkish diplomat died while in bed with Lady Mary, viewers hardly believed that his body could be carried away, while fellow guests remained blissfully unconscious

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When in a episode of Downton Abbey a Turkish diplomat died while in bed with Lady Mary, viewers hardly believed that his body could be carried away, while fellow guests remained blissfully unconscious

"After lunch, they sit next to each other in the salon," says Lady Pamela. & # 39; Remembering, he leans on my father, who thinks it's an intimate whisper and also leans on him, but the Maharaja keeps leaning and dying. & # 39;

Speaking about her daughter India Hicks' podcast, she continues: "So my father panics – and when my father panics, the only person who could tell him what to do was the queen.

& # 39; So he calls the queen and says: & # 39; I just had Gwalior for lunch & # 39 ;, and she says: & # 39; Really, how is he? Give him my best wishes. & # 39;

& # 39; And then my father says: & # 39; He is dead! & # 39; The Queen had to let poor Maharaja move. & # 39;

Downton Abbey maker Julian Fellowes tells me that he had not heard of the incident when he wrote his scene, but is fascinated by the parallels.

The unfortunate guest was the Maharaja of Gwalior, who came to Broadlands, Hampshire, to dine with the father of Lady Pamela, the 1st Count Mountbatten of Burma, who was the last viceroy of India, as well as Prince Philip's beloved uncle.

The unfortunate guest was the Maharaja of Gwalior, who came to Broadlands, Hampshire, to dine with the father of Lady Pamela, the 1st Count Mountbatten of Burma, who was the last viceroy of India, as well as Prince Philip's beloved uncle.

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The unfortunate guest was the Maharaja of Gwalior, who came to Broadlands, Hampshire, to dine with the father of Lady Pamela, the 1st Count Mountbatten of Burma, who was the last viceroy of India, as well as Prince Philip's beloved uncle.

The smart set is talking about … the girl with the artist's green fingers

Visual artist Dinos Chapman, together with his brother, Jake, made his name from deliberately shocking, sexually explicit plastic statuettes with mutilated limbs.

His daughter Agathe, however, digs in for a healthier activity. "I focus on gardening," she tells me. "It's what I want to do in terms of career."

The 24-year-old Goldsmiths graduate, University of London, also does some work as a model. Her mother is the ex-wife of Dinos, the Parisian textile designer Tiphaine de Lussy.

Agathe Chapman (photo), 24, focuses career-oriented on gardening and also does some work as a model
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Agathe Chapman (photo), 24, focuses career-oriented on gardening and also does some work as a model

Agathe Chapman (photo), 24, focuses career-oriented on gardening and also does some work as a model

Agathe says that her parents' creative flair has strongly influenced her. "It has had a huge effect on me," she says.

"They have ensured that I have a good background knowledge of art.

"My mother has always shown me great clothes and made sure that I enjoy the way I dress – and am not afraid to look different."

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Regarding gardening, Agathe adds: "I get inspiration from public places and the front gardens of people in Bethnal Green, where I live, because they are so wild.

I hate strict, neat gardens. I love breaking the rules. It feels more natural. & # 39;

Clearly a girl to her father's heart.

(Very) modern ways

A bride's lingerie is usually reserved for the enthusiastic eyes of her groom, but has that tradition disappeared from the window in this era of overrun?

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Vogue model Eliza Cummings, who married Hollywood photographer Greg Williams in Berkshire last Saturday, shared this photo of her undercrackers on her wedding day with her 100,000 Instagram followers.

The snap that she lifted her dress while holding a flute of champagne was taken in the back of their limousine.

We know that Eliza Agent Provocateur wore lace white stockings and frilly knickers because the label shared the image on its own social media.

Let's hope the photo was taken by her new husband and not a very cheeky wedding photographer.

Vogue model Eliza Cummings, who married Hollywood photographer Greg Williams in Berkshire last Saturday, shared this photo of her wedding-day bangers online with her 100,000 Instagram followers

Vogue model Eliza Cummings, who married Hollywood photographer Greg Williams in Berkshire last Saturday, shared this photo of her wedding-day bangers online with her 100,000 Instagram followers

Vogue model Eliza Cummings, who married Hollywood photographer Greg Williams in Berkshire last Saturday, shared this photo of her wedding-day bangers online with her 100,000 Instagram followers

The anarchist comedian Russell Brand, who reached heir Jemima Goldsmith and married American pop singer Katy Perry, admits that he is struggling with letting go of former lovers.

"Fifty percent of women and 40 percent of men still look at the social media profiles of their previous partners," says Brand, who has two children with second wife Laura Gallacher.

"That suggests a real inability to let go." He adds, "I don't do that stalking on the internet, because that's not good for me. I think I can't handle that at all.

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"I feel that if you don't have a relationship with someone, once the decision is made, you don't have to look back."

It is clear that Brand did not follow his own advice while he broke up with Laura before they were finally reunited.

Political correctness has one of our top chefs boil over.

Restorer and author Yotam Ottolenghi says he was accused of "cultural appropriation" after he included a recipe with the name Thai Gratin in one of his cookbooks.

"I should have said Asian taste, but I got a lot of angry letters," he reveals. & # 39; I didn't hurt anyone by saying it's Thai. If a Chinese person says, "These are a la Europe noodles," I don't care. & # 39;

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He adds: "They say they will forbid all whites from cooking Mexican food – that's when the crazy culinary police come in and say," This is what you can cook. " It's not fun and goes against the entire history of food. & # 39;

Santa claws cheat friends

The well-connected novelist Santa Montefiore has revealed her despair about the number of friends who have slept with the men of their friends.

"I've always had my doubts about the so-called" sisterhood "because women can be competitive and I've witnessed too many women betraying good friends about men," says Santa, sister of the deceased socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.

"But I learned that not all women are like that. My "close gang" of five friends (whom she met ten years ago in a book club) taught me that there really is a sisterhood and I am grateful to be part of it. & # 39;

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Santa, 49, who is married to historian Simon Sebag-Montefiore, adds: "In my 20s I was a male girl, the kind that had many male friends, who preferred male or female company. In my 30s & 30s, I was mainly hanging around with my husband and other couples. In my forties things changed: I became a girl girl. & # 39;

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