“Pussycat, pussycat, where have you been?
I’ve been to London to visit the Queen.
Pussycat, pussycat, what did you there?
I frightened a little mouse under her chair.”
So much for that pussycat. This one has also been to London, not to visit the Queen, you understand. Her Majesty has been terribly busy lately, what with welcoming the Russians to England and giving a lovely little lunch (just 12 guests) for Lee Annenberg at Windsor Castle. But I did visit Windsor Castle and Clarence House and the Orangery at Kensington Palace and Somerset House and Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles and Sir Elton John and David Furnish at Sir Elton’s far-flung country house, Woodside, and Lily Safra at her gorgeous treasure-filled house and Mary Lawrence in maybe the city’s most remarkable apartment, modern and glamorous — it’s for sale. In the course of all this hubbub, as the case may be, I kissed, hugged, shook hands or just stared at such disparate notables, in no particular fashion, as Lord Rothschild, Lord and Lady Black; the Duchess of York; Shakira and Michael Caine; Dame Judi Dench; Marguerite Littman; Kylie Minogue; Lita and George Livanos; Henry and Nancy Kissinger; Rose Marie Bravo; Mercedes and Sid Bass; Elle Macpherson; Tim Jefferies (this good-looking playboy is still playing the field, but not yet over now-married Claudia Schiffer, his biggest love); ever-so-many Hearsts (Patty, Anne, Amanda); Princess Firyal of Jordan; Lionel Pincus; baseball legend Cal Ripkin and his beautiful wife, Kelly; Kimberly and Stephen Rockefeller (she sat next to the Prince of Wales at dinner at Windsor Castle); Blaine and Robert Trump; Nicky Haslam; Marina Palma; Hugh Grant; Mario d’Urso; Jade Jagger; Donna Summer; Elizabeth Hurley in a diamond tiara; Lord and Lady Dundas; Lisa Marie Presley; Joan Rivers; Betsy Bloomingdale; Robert Higdon; Pauline Pitt; Denise Hale; all sort of Forbeses (Astrid, Kip, Charlotte Forbes Escaravage); Nada and Nemir Kirdar; Naomi Campbell; Jayne Wrightsman; Lord and Lady Bamford; Robert Hanson; handsome young Lord Rothermere with his sister Geraldine; Barry Manilow; Jemima Khan, and others too fabulous and bosom-baring to mention. And I saw not a single mouse to frighten.