DI’S SAD DUTY
“Rarely has a member of the royal family displayed such public grief and affection,” commented the London Daily Mail of Princess Diana’s attendance at the Aug. 29 funeral in London of art dealer Adrian Ward-Jackson, who had died at 41 of AIDS the previous week. Diana’s name was foremost on the list, prepared by Ward-Jackson shortly before his death, of the 150 friends he wanted to attend the service.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands discovered last month that being monarch isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be—especially when you have a cracked fibula, as she does. Hobbling on crutches. Beatrix, 53, made her first official engagement Aug. 12 since breaking her right leg two weeks earlier when she tripped at her vacation home in Italy.
While on patrol near Balmoral Castle last mouth. Scottish policeman Ian Cameron spotted an elderly, scruffy-looking gent fishing from a rowboat. Aha! thought Cameron. A poacher! “Oi, is that your red Siena parked outside the gate?” Cameron yelled to the man. “No, I’m driving the green Land Rover over there,” the man shouted back. Still at a loss, the officer retorted, “Are you sure?” Fed up, the fisherman turned his back and resumed angling. Only when Cameron spied the Land Rover’s special license plate did he realize the unkempt gent was Prince Philip, 70.
JOB SEEKER ED
Ever since Prince Edward lost his job as a theater production assistant last month, senior courtiers at Buckingham Palace have been making discreet inquiries in hopes of finding meaningful employment for the queen’s youngest son. Now the Daily Telegraph speculates that Edward, 27, may join the British Broadcasting Corporation—but in what capacity, no one knows. A suitable post, offered the Telegraph, may be “a backstage job as an apprentice in the arts department.” Perhaps. But it’s clear that Edward, who last month played an English nobleman in the Aberdeen Theatre’s production of Macbeth, prefers center stage.