The Royal Salute Coronation Cup at Guards Polo Club signals, for many, the end of the British polo season. As England took on GT Bank Commonwealth team (ending in a close 12-11 to the visiting team) Miss Moneypenny herself, aka Naomie Harris, added some extra glamour. Nominated the ‘most responsible’ on her lunch table, she poured the bottle of Royal Salute whisky like a pro before joining in a toast of ‘slainte mhar’ to the Queen.
It was particularly fitting as the monarch’s husband, Prince Philip, was on hand to award the Coronation Cup and receive the first release of Royal Salute’s 90th Anniversary Limited Edition whisky, crafted in honour of the Queen’s reign, and one of the rarest whiskies in the world.
Meanwhile Miss S got chatting to actor Chike Okonkwo, who stars in the upcoming remake of the controversial film The Birth of a Nation – the 1915 original of which was the first film to be shown in the White House. The new version will, he told Miss S, also be screened there – giving him another chance to meet the President before he leaves office.
For now, however, he has to put up with less-glamorous surroundings, filming the BBC adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall in Wales alongside Eva Longoria. Cardiff might make a bit of a change from his current home-turf of LA – but he assured Miss S that the beaches were still pretty decent, especially in the current heatwave. Now that we’re a Brexit nation, perhaps British actors will have to get used to settling for the beaches of Wales rather than the sunnier climes of St Tropez.