Diary News

Events covered by Edward Lloyd, a selection of which are included here. The full list of Edward Lloyd's pictures can be seen at Alpha Press
17th July 2020
Motor Racing Legend Sir Stirling Moss OBE Dies At 90

One of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time reached his final chequered flag.  In the early hours of Sunday 12th April, after a long illness, Sir Stirling Moss died at his home in London’s Mayfair, with his wife, Lady Susie Moss, at his bedside.  She said that he was as wonderful at the […]

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17th July 2020
Lady Elizabeth Anson Honoured By The Queen

The Queen has honoured Lady Elizabeth Anson by awarding her the Commander of The Victorian Order (CVO), an award in the personal gift of the Sovereign. The Royal Victorian Order is a dynastic order of knighthood, established in 1896 by Queen Victoria. It recognises distinguished personal service to the Monarch. Lady Elizabeth is a cousin of the […]

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14th May 2020
The Ritz Sold To Qatari Buyer

The Grade II listed 5-star Ritz, in London’s Piccadilly, has been sold to a Qatari investment fund for around £700 million. In these unprecedented times, as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, for the first time in 113 years,  the iconic hotel temporarily closed its doors on Friday 27th March.  The Hotel was launched in […]

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14th May 2020
WhatsOnStage Awards Thrills Fans

Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s Prince of Wales Theatre in London’s Coventry Street, was filled with enthusiastic theatregoers for the WhatsOnStage Concert and presentation of the Awards on the occasion of the annual WhatsOnStage Awards.  These unique Awards, under the leadership of WhatsOnStage CEO Sita McIntosh, are voted for by enthusiastic theatre audiences, expressing their views of […]

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5th April 2020
Jimmy Tarbuck OBE Reveals His Prostate Cancer

Legendary entertainer Jimmy Tarbuck has disclosed that he has prostate cancer. Jimmy Tarbuck has praised London’s Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital for their high standard of care, and for their treatment to prevent the cancer spreading.  He said that he would try and beat the cancer.  It was Sir Rod Stewart who persuaded Jimmy to get […]

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5th April 2020
Will Travers Campaigns For The Elephants

Born Free Foundation President, Will Travers OBE, and elephant conservationists, are shocked and dismayed at the news that Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting, putting the lives of some of the country’s estimated 127,000 elephants at risk.  Botswana has announced that it will begin licensing elephant hunts, with 60 licences for the hunting […]

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20th March 2020
Prunella Scales Bows Out Of Great Canal Journeys

After a long successful acting career, with a current TV series, Great Canal Journeys, alongside her husband Timothy West, Prunella Scales CBE, aged 87 has retired.  The retirement has been forced by her battle with the progression of Alzheimers. Prunella Scales was born in Surrey in 1932, and was educated in Eastbourne.  She started her […]

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20th March 2020
Costa Book Awards Judges Select The Best

Authors, Celebrities, Literary Agents and Publicists, and guests with a love of books, converged on Quaglino’s in London’s St James’s for the presentation of the annual Costa Book Awards and the announcement of the winner of the ultimate accolade, the Costa Book of the Year.  After hours of deliberation, the Final Judging Panel under the […]

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20th March 2020
Nicholas Parsons Dies At 96

Broadcasting legend Nicholas Parsons CBE died on 28th January, after a short illness.  Stylish actor and radio and television presenter, he was perhaps most famous for his radio series Just A Minute, the Radio 4 quiz show which he hosted from its inception in 1967 until his death.  Tributes have poured in from his many broadcast friends, […]

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9th February 2020
WhatsOnStage Awards Nominees Celebrate

Prominent theatre actors converged on the H Club in London's Covent Garden to celebrate the WhatsOnStage nominations for the 20th annual WhatsOnStage Awards.  A Champagne breakfast was enjoyed by the actors and creative talent, as the shortlist was announced. The winners, voted for by the theatre-going public, will be announced on 1st March 2020 at the spectacular […]

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9th February 2020
Tessa Hardy And Exceptional Pieces Host Preview

Exceptional Pieces Founder Tessa Hardy and David Bond hosted a Champagne Preview at La Galleria in London's Royal Opera Arcade in Pall Mall St James's, featuring artists known for their Bronze Sculptures, Bruce Little, Sam Keil and Caroline Wallace. The Nature of Art exhibition features the stunning bronze works of wild African creatures by Sam Keil and […]

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2nd February 2020
Chain of Hope Gala Ball 2019 Raises £1.9 Million

Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub welcomed 500 international guests to the annual Chain of Hope Gala Ball in London's historic Old Billingsgate, which raised a fantastic £1.9 million for children suffering from heart disease around the world. President and Founder of the Chain of Hope, Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, thanked everyone for their kind support of […]

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2nd February 2020
White Christmas Thrills London Audiences

The Grade II listed Dominion Theatre in London’s Theatreland, after its multi-million-pound restoration, is the home of the spectacular new production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.  The 1954 classic Paramount film version, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen and Dean Jagger, has been updated by Nikolai Foster in a sparkling production.  Olivier Award […]

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2nd February 2020
Terry O'Neill Dies Aged 81

Photographer Terry O'Neill has died after a long battle with Prostate Cancer on Saturday 16th November.  The Queen awarded him a CBE in October for services to photography. His many famous subjects included the Queen, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Brigitte Bardot, Michael Caine, Nelson Mandela, Judy Garland,  Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn […]

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21st January 2020
Gary Rhodes OBE Dies At 59

Gary Rhodes was taken ill suddenly during a break in filming an ITV series, and died at home in Dubai, on Tuesday 26th November, with his wife Jennie by his side. The spiky-haired chef and TV presenter, with his rock star looks, was born in South London in 1960.  He grew up in Kent and trained […]

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21st January 2020
The Caudwell Children Float Like A Butterfly Ball

Celebrities from the worlds of television and music, made their way to the Great Room of the five-star JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Park Lane via the elegant lobby, for the annual white-collar charity boxing event, in aid of Caudwell Children.   This national charity, founded by John Caudwell, provides practical and emotional support to […]

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14th January 2020
Burlington Arcade Celebrates 200 Christmases

Dame Judi Dench joined Burlington Arcade's owners, the Reuben family, together with invited guests, to celebrate the start of Christmas in London's Burlington Arcade in Piccadilly.  The English sparkling wine Nyetimber marked the landmark celebration.  The Reuben family bought the iconic arcade for £350million. The Burlington Beadles, the Arcade's own historic police force, were on duty […]

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14th January 2020
Field Marshal Lord Bramall Dies Aged 95

Field Marshal Lord Edwin Noel Westby Bramall KG, GCB, OBE, MC died on 12 November at the age of 95. Born on 18 December 1923 in Tonbridge, Kent, he attended Eton, where he developed a prowess at cricket, which became a lifelong passion.  Married to Katherine, née Westby, who died in 2015, they had two children. […]

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15th November 2019
Simon Tarrant Art Exhibition Preview

London born artist Simon Tarrant launched an exhibition of his colourful artwork entitled Is This Now, at the Oxo Gallery.  Overlooking the River Thames, the prestigious gallery is located on London's South Bank Riverside Walk.  Simon Tarrant’s exhibition showcases a new collection of monoprints, paintings and drawings.   The celebrated sculptress Frances Segelman Lady Petchey, […]

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15th November 2019
Pink Ribbon Ball Raises £237,000 For Breast Cancer Now

Breast Cancer Now, the comprehensive breast cancer charity, invited 300 influential guests to its 25th annual Pink Ribbon Ball at London’s Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in Mayfair, hosted by Jacquie Beltrao.  Champagne flowed at the reception, and guests included Jackie St Clair, Michelle Heaton, and Matt Evers.  The 1981 Eurovision winners Bucks Fizz, now reformed as […]

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30th October 2019
The 2019 Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards

Guests converged from all over the UK on 8 Northumberland Avenue in London, to celebrate the 24th Annual Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards.  Hosted by Specsavers Co-Founder Dame Mary Perkins and Rylan Clark-Neal, the various category finalists competed for the overall prize. The Judges facing the difficult decision of selecting the winner from […]

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30th October 2019
Eva McGaw and Tatiana Palinkasev Feature Georgii Uvs In St James's

Guests flew in from Russia, China, and Switzerland for the preview of Georgii Uvs’s extraordinary Show at Gallery Eight in London St James's, to be impressed by the dramatic art in his latest Exhibition, On Khaos and Beauty Retrospective 2005 - 2018.  The presentation from the acclaimed Russian artist was curated and produced by Eva […]

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22nd October 2019
Hayley Mills Celebrates 60 Years Since Her Screen Debut

60 years ago Hayley Mills captivated audiences, with her debut, a mesmerising performance in the starring role as tomboy Gillie Evans in the film Tiger Bay, and she has continued to thrill audiences on stage and screen.  She is as beguiling now as she was then. Born in Marylebone London, the daughter of legendary actor […]

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22nd October 2019
The Tofauti Conservation Ball Brings Kenya To London

A host of guests, many in safari-inspired outfits, converged on the Hurlingham Club in London for the second annual Tofauti Conservation Ball, a Charity founded by triple Olympian hockey player, Crista Cullen MBE.  Hosted by Clare Balding OBE, the event was supported by many international athletes including tennis legend Tim Henman OBE, rugby union player Simon […]

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17th September 2019
Sir Jack and Lady Petchey In Moulin Rouge 94th Birthday Celebration

Sir Jack Petchey and his wife Frances Segelman Lady Petchey hosted a glamorous Moulin Rouge Party at their magnificent Georgian house, overlooking the River Thames in London's Wapping, to celebrate Sir Jack's 94th birthday. Situated amongst converted warehouses in this historic area of London, the hosts lavished Champagne, cocktails, and magnificent food on their guests, […]

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17th September 2019
Chain Of Hope Celebrity Ambassador Chris Eubank Jr Visits Recovering Heart Patient

Chris Eubank Jr, the IBO Super Middleweight Professional Boxer, now an official Ambassador for Chain of Hope, paid a visit to 7 year old Abuzar in the Cardiology Wing of London’s Evelina Children’s Hospital near Westminster Bridge.   He joins other celebrities, such as Arsenal legend, Robert Pires and Actor, Rupert Everett as official Ambassadors for […]

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15th September 2019
The Son Premieres At The Duke Of York's Theatre

The UK premiere of playwright Florian Zeller’s ‘The Son’, part of a trilogy with ‘The Father’ and ‘The Mother’, took place at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End.  The play has transferred from the Kiln Theatre in Kilburn, after a very successful sold-out season from February to April. This excellent drama is […]

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15th September 2019
Sir Cliff Richard Thrills Fans

Sir Cliff Richard’s friends and fans flocked to London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel to share in an evening of celebration at the Diamond + 1 Summer Ball.  Organised by Joy Forbes-Wake, Sir Cliff and his long-time friend, Gloria Hunniford OBE, united to raise money for their charities, The Sir Cliff Richard Charitable Trust and The Carol […]

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15th September 2019
Lord Bell Dies At 77

Tim Bell, the public relations guru who played a central role in Margaret Thatcher’s three successful general election campaigns, died surrounded by his family, at his London Belgravia home, on Sunday 25th August. The spin doctor, one of the founders of the public relations firm Bell Pottinger, known for his involvement in the Tories “Labour […]

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27th August 2019
Cowes Week 2019 - Slingsby Ladies Day

Tuesday dawned with improved weather conditions, much to the relief of Regatta Director Laurence Mead, and sailing conditions for Ladies Day were excellent, with competitors enjoying a day of winds which challenged their skills.  Ladies featured on their day, with 80 female helms competing, the youngest a girl aged 12.   Slingsby Gin, manufactured in […]

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27th August 2019
Royal Yacht Squadron Cowes Week Ball

Despite high winds and atrocious conditions at sea, with all racing cancelled, and all Red Jet ferries to Southampton suspended, the annual Royal Yacht Squadron Cowes Week Ball took place at The Castle on Cowes seafront.  It is always a very enjoyable and glamorous occasion, with Members and their guests catching up with friends and […]

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3rd August 2019
Geoff Sewell Climbs Mt Kilimanjaro

International entertainer Geoff Sewell has just returned from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. The singer has a philosophy on life, No Limits, and approached climbing the Summit with the same spirit. This is the story of his adventure in his own words. Seven days, climbing up, and down, Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa: the highest free-standing mountain in […]

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19th July 2019
Grand Prix Ball 2019

Jonny Dodge, accompanied by his wife Cassandra Harris, hosted his annual Grand Prix Ball at London's Hurlingham Club, ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The red carpet welcomed iconic classic Formula 1 racing cars, driven by household names, as guests admired these magnificent machines at close quarters. Following a Champagne Reception, guests were […]

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15th July 2019
Sir Cliff Richard Celebrates 60 Years In Showbiz

Variety, the Children’s Charity, honoured superstar Sir Cliff Richard as he celebrated 60 years in show business, at a celebratory tribute evening at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square in the heart of Mayfair.  Family, including his sister Joan Webb, friends and Sir Cliff’s loyal fans gathered to support this celebration of his life and […]

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9th July 2019
John McCririck, The Personality Of Horse-Racing, Dies

Legendary racing icon, journalist and broadcaster, and larger than life personality, John McCririck, has died in hospital at the age of 79. Overcoming sepsis, he had been secretly battling with lung cancer, which finally killed him. For many years the face of British horse racing, John McCririck was a unique media personality. Famously bejewelled, wearing […]

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9th July 2019
Kate dazzles at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Kate Duchess of Cambridge, was undoubtedly the star on her arrival at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival Press Day. Unbeknown to most, she had spent a day at the build up of the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival the previous week, quietly helping to plant the Back To Nature Garden she had designed […]

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17th June 2019
Investec Derby 2019

The Queen, dressed this year in blue, displayed her usual enthusiasm for this year’s Derby Day, where she expertly discussed form with her racing manager John Warren. She made her regular visit to the Parade Ring immediately prior to The Investec Derby, as runners and riders prepared for the prestigious race. Her Majesty inspected the […]

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17th June 2019
Liz Brewer Celebrates Her Birthday In Style

Liz Brewer invited 150 friends to the newly refurbished five-star luxury Athenaeum Hotel in London's Piccadilly for her birthday celebration, entitled Still Alive & Kicking. Liz warmly welcomed her friends with Laurent Perrier Champagne, which flowed throughout the evening, together with Bogart’s Cocktails. The Athenaeum’s Group Director Bernard Murphy, and General Manager Joanne Taylor-Stagg, greeted […]

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14th June 2019
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

As the RHS Chelsea Flower Show comes to a close, the crews move in to demolish the lovingly built gardens, level out the ground, lay lawns and restore the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea to their pre-show state. It is a time to reflect on the impact of the Show, and the success […]

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14th June 2019
Montessori St Nicholas Celebrates At RHS Chelsea

Montessori St Nicholas is celebrating 100 years of Montessori education in the UK and to mark the occasion, the Charity sponsored an innovative garden at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show. First time Chelsea Designer Jody Lidgard, produced an incredible garden to encompass all the elements of the Montessori concept. The Judges spent a considerable […]

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23rd May 2019
West End Actors Exchange Their Day Jobs To Become Market Traders

Actors from the world of the stage, many currently appearing in popular West End Shows, arrived early in the morning at St Paul’s Churchyard in London’s Covent Garden, to set up their stalls for the West End Flea Market, raising money for Acting for Others. This acting charity provides financial and emotional help and support […]

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14th May 2019
Royal Ascot Village Enclosure Launched

Guests in their summer finery converged on the Roof Terrace of the welcoming Ham Yard Hotel, in the centre of London’s theatre-land, for the launch of the Royal Ascot Village Enclosure.  Alexandra Bertram, Consumer PR Manager at Ascot Racecourse, welcomed guests to the Royal Ascot launch, as they were served with Moët & Chandon Champagne […]

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14th May 2019
JW Marriott Grosvenor House Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Guests arriving at the 5-star JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London’s Park Lane for the 90thAnniversary Celebrations, entered the forecourt of the iconic Hotel which for the occasion was transformed into a beautiful garden, full of yellow roses.  Enjoying the delight of a spring evening, guests were serenaded by the all-girl String Infusion, and treated […]

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