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The Oldie Gang Show with Dame Eileen Atkins, David Starkey and Andrew Lownie

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Dame Eileen Atkins, 87, got up and sang a saucy French song at a rip-roaring Oldie Gang Show in the Reform Club this week.

Boris Johnson would have breathed a sigh of relief if he'd heard David Starkey give his dazzling insight into the history of Whitehall and Downing Street. The area has always been a part of a working palace - not a private home for parties - ever since Henry VIII. 'Carrie' Antoinette, as Starkey called the PM's wife, would have been mighty relieved, too.

Andrew Lownie pictured a sad, poignant Duke of Windsor, the subject of his book, Traitor King: The Scandalous Exile of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The Windsors contemplated splitting up and, as he lay dying, Wallis Simpson ignored his plaintive cries.

January 19, 2022 at the Reform Club