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Tatler UK

Tatler UK

May 2021
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Tatler is mischievous, glamorous, intelligent and fun, providing an insider’s view of what is really happening in British society with a compelling mix of fashion, the arts, politics, people, parties and glamour.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
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Conde Nast Publications Ltd
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Monthly
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12 Issues

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2 min.
tatler contributors

Catherine Ostler Author, journalist and former Tatler editor Catherine Ostler loves the pursuit of a good story, be it ‘interviewing subjects halfway down a ski slope’, ‘chasing Jeffrey Epstein’s contacts around New York’ or following the trail of an 18th-century woman of scandal from Plymouth to St Petersburg for her new book, The Duchess Countess. ‘The Georgian court and society saw the rise of the press, of gossip, of celebrity; it was an effervescent world, which bred Pope, Swift, Addison, Sterne, the Walpoles – Elizabeth Chudleigh, and, of course, Tatler,’ she says. Kinvara Balfour Director, producer and writer Kinvara Balfour has worked in the worlds of fashion, tech, theatre and film. This month, she met Tatler’s cover star, Paris Hilton, at home in Beverly Hills. ‘Paris is a hard-working woman with much to…

7 min.
downing street dynasties

THREE HUNDRED YEARS ago this spring, Sir Robert Walpole became Britain’s first prime minister. He could not have known that he was providing fodder for generations of boasters, for nothing so becomes a family as having a PM as a forebear. There have been only 55 prime ministers since Walpole assumed the office in 1721. Having one of their descendants to dine is a sure-fire way to add lustre to an evening – who better to plug a conversational lull than a Churchill or a Cecil, whose pockets are stuffed with political anecdotes to delight even the dullest of diners. Ofcourse, not all the families are as eternally political as the Salisburys, as interrelated as the Peels, as hip to trip as the Gladstones, or as Tory as the descendants of Labour…

3 min.
grassroots campaign

XANTHE GLADSTONE IS speaking from her garden at Hawarden Castle when a chicken struts into view. It is not allowed out; there’s been an outbreak of bird flu in the UK, so – like us – chickens are in lockdown. ‘I accidentally left the door open,’ laughs Xanthe, the great-great-great granddaughter of William Gladstone, who served Queen Victoria as prime minister four times between 1868 and 1894. Xanthe’s rebellious hens are a key part of the family seat in Wales, the PM’s former home, which has blossomed since she became director of food and food sustainability. Xanthe, 25, is also in charge of the vegetable garden at Glen Dye, the Aberdeenshire family estate where she grew up, now a holiday rental business. It is worlds away from her life three years…

2 min.
in prime position: a history of the top job

Robert Walpole became Britain’s first prime minister in April 1721 – which makes this month the 300th anniversary of the oldest surviving leadership office in the democratic world. Initially, however, the position of prime minister struggled to be created and to survive. Walpole wasn’t even called ‘prime minister’ but ‘first lord’. In 1761, William Pitt the Elder, one of his successors, raged that the name ‘prime minister’ was an ‘abomination in a free country’. It was considered a term of abuse: an insult to the monarch that a mere politician should be considered the ‘prime’ minister. Not till 1805 did the name appear in the press, while the first to call himself ‘prime minister’ was Robert Peel in 1846. Only in 1878 did the two words appear in an official document,…

4 min.
tunnel vision

FOR A NEW YORKER, THE worst thing you can be is ‘bridge and tunnel’. The opposite is true over here. Not because it has become fashionable to commute, but because bridges, and to a greater extent tunnels, are the new prized possession of the elite. Where once a tunnel was, literally, a bore and had dull connotations of Dartford, now it means mystery and excitement – a path to a hidden world. People are building tunnels that lead to ballrooms, to beaches and to pleasure domes of unspeakable decadence. Not since The Great Escape has tunnelling been so popular. The opening of the Channel Tunnel in 1994 came close, representing a faster direct route to Paris and therefore all the wonders ofthe Crillon. Now, a tunnel is a private affair –…

6 min.
feeling ruff

DOGS HAVE HAD IT HARD this year. Yes, they’ve been the heroes of the pandemic, the delight and salvation of lonely and love-starved people across the country. But their very own doggy pandemic is massing on the horizon, born of separation anxiety, lack of socialisation and a build-up of bad feelings absorbed from their increasingly frazzled owners. And that means that a whole panoply of dog therapists is coming into its own, with treatments and theories at the ready. ‘A lot of puppies have blockages in their root chakra right now,’ explains Becca Pankhurst, who does reiki for humans and animals. ‘They’re not feeling secure or confident on their own. They haven’t built up their own identity.’ Not the sort of words you’d hear from a Barbara Woodhouse or a gnarled…