Joan Collins shocks Clare Balding with a wedding plan
WHEN Clare Balding left home for the Glamour Women Of The Year Awards she couldn’t have suspected the evening would end in an indirect marriage proposal orchestrated by none other than actress Joan Collins.
Clare was celebrating being named Best Presenter for her work on the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics during the party at London’s Berkeley Square Gardens with former Radio 4 newsreader partner Alice Arnold.
“The House of Lords voted two to one in favour of supporting the gay marriage Bill,” explained Clare, 42, who marked her civil partnership with Alice at a ceremony in 2006.
“We’ve been talking about it at our table and Joan said, ‘When are you and Alice going to get married?’ And Alice said, ‘In three years’ time’ which I didn’t know but apparently that’s what’s happening. And Joan asked if she could come to the wedding. I said, ‘Yeah, of course.’”
Other guests included Downton Abbey starJoanne Froggatt, 31, who won the UK TV Actress Award but told us that she had to head home early to be up again for filming the fourth series of the hit drama.
And while ball gowns and summer frocks were the order of the day at the bash, trend-settingCara Delevingne went for something a little bit different. The 20-year-old model of the moment ensured that she stood out from the crowd in skinny black trousers and a T-shirt emblazoned with a picture of a woman’s bottom and the legend Squeeze This. We’ll all be wearing them next season.