Prince Andrew’s 60th birthday party at Windsor attracted star guests including Bernie Ecclestone and China’s UK ambassador… but his siblings Charles, Edward and Anne ‘were nowhere to be seen’
Look who made the cut! Billionaire Bernie Ecclestone, Old Etonian actor Sir John Standing, racing heir Guy Sangster and his wife Fiona and Liu Xiaoming, China’s UK ambassador.
All, I can disclose, were among an eclectic group of 50 or so friends who helped the Duke of York celebrate his 60th birthday last week, joining him for a private dinner at Royal Lodge, the Windsor residence he shares with his ex-wife, Fergie.
As I revealed on the day of the party, an additional number of ‘follow-up’ invitations had been sent out by Jane Clarke, Fergie’s assistant, to ensure that the evening went with a bang, after various of those who had previously been invited declared themselves ‘unavailable’.
A group of around 50 or so friends helped the Duke of York celebrate his 60th birthday last week, joining him for a private dinner at Royal Lodge, writes Sebastian Shakespeare
The extra effort worked a treat. ‘Neither of Andrew’s brothers was there, nor was [Princess] Anne, but it was a wonderful party,’ I’m told. ‘A really good range of people.’