EMILY PRESCOTT: Heart throb equerry to King Charles, Johnny Thompson, gets a promotion


EMILY PRESCOTT: Heart throb equerry to King Charles, Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Thompson gets a promotion as well as a £20k pay rise

The King’s dashing equerry – known as Major Johnny to Royal fans – is in need of a new nickname after being promoted to lieutenant colonel. 

Kilt-wearing Jonathan Thompson has also bagged himself a pay rise. 

He now earns up to £87,716 – an increase from the maximum £64,642 for an Army major. 

Lieut Col Thompson, of the 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland, is married but set hearts fluttering when he was pictured during the mourning period for the Queen, and escorting then Prime Minister Liz Truss to meet the King at Buckingham Palace.

The King’s dashing equerry – known as Major Johnny to Royal fans – is in need of a new nickname after being promoted to lieutenant colonel

Lieut Col Thompson, of the 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland, is married but set hearts fluttering when he was pictured during the mourning period for the Queen, and escorting then Prime Minister Liz Truss to meet the King at Buckingham Palace

Lieut Col Thompson, of the 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland, is married but set hearts fluttering when he was pictured during the mourning period for the Queen, and escorting then Prime Minister Liz Truss to meet the King at Buckingham Palace

Avalon Otis, as Alice hints…  the party’s over

They’ve been a couple for seven years and certainly look good together – but we may not be seeing Lady Alice Manners and Burberry model boyfriend Otis Ferry in this sort of embrace again. 

Whispers of a split seemed to be confirmed when Alice, 27, shared a post about a full moon eclipse which read: ‘There will be break ups and break downs, but all this is so that you can break through.’ 

Alongside it, she wrote ‘Yup.’ 

They¿ve been a couple for seven years and certainly look good together ¿ but we may not be seeing Lady Alice Manners and Burberry model boyfriend Otis Ferry in this sort of embrace again

They’ve been a couple for seven years and certainly look good together – but we may not be seeing Lady Alice Manners and Burberry model boyfriend Otis Ferry in this sort of embrace again

As a young aspiring director, Danny Boyle resorted to underhand tactics to fill theatres. If there were fewer people in the audience than on stage, the show couldn’t go on, he admits. ‘So we’d visit a nursing home on the King’s Road in Chelsea and give out tickets. The nurses would say, “Not you again!” ’

Gaia in good voice

Is Emma Thompson’s daughter Gaia Wise destined for greatness like her mother? 

I only ask because Gaia tells me she’s bagged a role in The Lord Of The Rings: The War Of The Rohorrim, an animated film due out in 18 months. 

She’ll voice Hera, daughter of Helm Hammerhand, voiced by Brian Cox. It may be a great gig but 22-year-old Gaia – whose dad Greg is also an actor – insists it’s not due to family connections and, like many youngsters starting out, she’s got herself a waitressing gig on the side. 

Speaking to me at the Pink Ribbon Foundation charity gala at London’s Proud Central Gallery, she said: ‘My parents always say there’s no nepotism here. It’s just if you are good you get it and if you’re not, you don’t.’ 

Is Emma Thompson¿s daughter Gaia Wise destined for greatness like her mother?

Is Emma Thompson’s daughter Gaia Wise destined for greatness like her mother?

Queen guitarist Brian May has long railed against ‘iceberg homes’, blaming neighbours who dug deep basement extensions for causing a flood at his multi-million-pound London house last year that ruined treasured rock memorabilia and family photos.

Heaven knows, then, what May, 75, makes of the news that the new owners of a house he recently sold have applied to build a huge underground leisure complex that includes a swimming pool, sauna and spa – alterations, they say, that are ‘better suited to their lifestyle and requirements’.

Maybe they thought: If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em…

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