- Tatler has unveiled its annual 'little black book' of eligible singletons
- Comprises some of the wealthiest and best connected singles in Britain
- Includes royalty, actors and even one devilishly handsome Maharaja
Published: 06:42 EST, 9 November 2017 | Updated: 06:51 EST, 9 November 2017
Known as a bible for the high-brow members of society, Tatler has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to selecting the best connected people in Britain to feature on its glossy pages.
And so their annual guide to the UK's most eligible singletons is sure to feature the cream of the dating crop.
The magazine has released its annual little black book comprising royalty, millionaires and one very dapper Maharaja. Single men and ladies, take note!
George Spencer-Churchill features among the eligible singletons rounded up by Tatler. Set to one day become the Duke of Marlborough, the old Harrovian boasts 'an adorable smile'
GEORGE SPENCER-CHURCHILL – Marquess of Blandford
Heir to the 187-room Blenheim Palace is 22-year-old George Spencer-Churchill, who became Marquess of Blandford in 2014, following his grandfather's death.
Set to one day become the Duke of Marlborough, the old Harrovian boasts 'an adorable smile', according to Tatler, and is building a reputation for being a seriously clever polo player having played alongside Prince Harry himself.
LADY KITTY SPENCER
Lady Kitty Spencer has been a regular in the pages of the society bible ever since being named as one of the most eligible singletons back in 2009. She has also graced the cover twice so it is no surprise to see her on the list.
Princess Diana's niece Lady Kitty Spencer also features on the list and with her model good looks and outgoing personality, it's little wonder
Kitty, daughter of the Earl Spencer and niece of Diana, Princess of Wales, boasts a lineage stretching from pre-Tudor times and a family fortune of more than £100million.
Growing up with her mother Victoria Lockwood, the former model who was Earl Spencer's first wife, Kitty lead a relatively secluded childhood.
But since returning to London eight years ago she has become a firm member of the Mayfair social scene rubbing shoulders with A-listers and royals alike.
She is recently single having split with divorced father-of-three Mr Barattieri earlier this year amid reports that they had fallen out over her hopes to marry and have children.
LADY ELIZA MANNERS
Eliza, 20, is the youngest of the notorious Manners sisters, who have previously been dubbed the 'Bad Manners' girls by their neighbours thanks to their penchant for a party.
Brought up in the enviable surroundings of Belvoir Castle, the seat of the Duke of Rutland, where her father David is the 11th Duke, the mischievous heiress is known for playing tricks on startled tourists at the site by hiding under the beds and curling up in enormous silver punch bowls.
Eliza, 20, is the youngest of the notorious Manners sisters, who are famed for their penchant for partying
All three sisters were known for their hard partying and enthusiastic dancing until dawn, as well as sharing risqué snaps on Instagram.
Their mother Emma installed a nightclub, complete with smoke machines, when the family inherited Belvoir in 2002 and the family's £2 million West London home is known affectionately as 'the Pussy Palace'. The late-night antics and parties attracted constant complaints to the council.
MAHARAJA PADMANABH SINGH
Padmanabh, 19, is unofficially known as Jaipur's Maharajah, although Indian royalty was legally abolished under Indira Gandhi's government in the 1970s.
According to Tatler he wants to: 'clean up corruption, empower youth and work towards gender equality.'
Padmanabh, 19, is unofficially known as Jaipur's Maharajah, and has links to Hollywood
He is a well-respected polo player and his nobility has already earned him links in Hollywood. His godfather also just so happens to be Prince Charles.
Padmanabh, who studied at Millfield, is rumoured to be escorting Reese Witherspoon's daughter Ava Phillipe's to her debutante ball later this month.
Padmanabh is due to be her cavalier, or date, at the event in Paris.
LADY LOLA CRICHTON-STUART
The daughter of Formula One driver, Marquess of Bute, 17-year-old Lola is the youngest person in Tatler's little black book.
Lady Lola Crichton-Stuart is the youngest on the list and is just 17 years old
She is currently in her final year at Bedales and plans to move to New York next year to take up a scholarship to study fashion design at Parsons, following in the footsteps of her mother Serena, who is also a designer.
The family have shunned their aristocratic title in favour of plain old Bute.
LOUIS SPENCER – Viscount Althorp
Described by the magazine as 'absurdly hot', Kitty's brother Louis is the second Spencer on Tatler's list of the most desirable singletons.
The 23-year-old cause controversy in 2015 when it was announced that he will inherit the vast Northamptonshire estate of Althorp, which has been in the Spencer family for centuries, despite being three years younger sister Kitty.
Kitty's brother Louis is the second Spencer on Tatler's list of the most desirable singletons
Father Charles Spencer has insisted he is 'totally relaxed' about the prospect of his eldest daughter taking over the deeds to the property and its associated land, but referenced the ancient traditions tied to the home.
And despite being given her father's blessing to take it over, Lady Kitty is more than happy to abide by the custom of the firstborn male child inheriting the estate.
As granddaughter of legendary Rolling Stoles guitarist Keith Richards, it is no surprise that fellow singletons may be rushing to meet the in-laws.
The 20-year-old is making waves in the showbiz industry herself having appeared in high profile modelling campaigns for the likes of Burberry.
Ella is the granddaughter of legendary Rolling Stoles guitarist Keith Richards and starred in a Burberry campaign
Ella's father, Marlon Richards, son of Keith, is a photographer and graphic artist, and her mother is Lucie de la Falaise; a former model and niece of legendary Yves Saint Laurent muse Loulou de la Falaise.
The slinky, long-necked blonde was scouted by her mother's agency at the tender age of 15. She was named by the magazine as one of their 2017 English Roses – a definitive profile of Britain's 'new beauties'.
Swiss-born Alex, 31, is the son of Countess Maya von Schönburg and billionaire Mercedes-Benz heir Mick Flick.
Alex Flick is the son of Countess Maya von Schönburg and billionaire Mercedes-Benz heir Mick Flick
Alex certainly has a creative flair; he has his own gallery, Unit9, is an artist and also a documentary film maker.
Describing the bachelor, Tatler says: 'He loves H20 in all guises, from the slopes of Gstaad to the seas of Mallorca.'
LADY ALICE ST CLAIR ERKSTINE
Lady Alice St Clair Erskine, 29, is the daughter of the Earl of Rosslyn. She spent her childhood between the St Clair family seat of Rosslyn Chapel near Edinburgh (used as a location in The Da Vinci Code) and boarding school in Berkshire.
She won an acting scholarship to the prestigious New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, then was cast as Kate Middleton in the 2011 US TV film William & Catherine: A Royal Romance (Alice has her own royal connections and counts Prince Harry among her friends).
Tatler describes Alice's 'lovely' voice as perfect for 'listening to her read poetry'.
Lady Alice St Clair Erskine, 29, is the daughter of the Earl of Rosslyn and played the Duchess of Cambridge in a documentary
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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms
The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.
The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.
All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.
It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.
British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.
The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.
The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.
It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.
“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.
“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”
The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.
It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55862128
Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official
Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.
The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.
Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.
Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.
“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.
“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.
Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.
Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”
However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.
Australia’s tight restrictions
The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.
Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.
A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.
Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.
Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.
Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.
Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.
The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.
While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.
Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.
In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55699581
Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection
The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.
Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.
Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.
It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.
The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.
Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”
“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.
“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”
Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.
Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.
For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.
Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.
A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.
Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane
Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane
At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.
When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.
Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.
While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.
But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.
And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.
And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55582836
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