Buckingham Palace is taking an unusually close interest in the goings-on of Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court, where a distant cousin of the Queen has been charged with bribing European customers of BAE Systems.He is Count Alfons Mensdorff, whose kinsman was Austria's ambassador to London during the outbreak of World War I.Both Eugenie, who is studying English and history of art at Newcastle University, and her sister Beatrice are friends of Viscount Cowdray's daughter Eliza, who last year married Otto's half-brother, Ned Abel Smith.

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The nephew of billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, Otto - the 24-year-old son of the Virgin boss's sister Lindy and her graphic-designer husband Robin - has been dating Eugenie for the past six months.

The pair are said to have met at the Sussex Polo Club through a group of party-loving pals that revolves around the wealthy Pearson family - owners of the 17,000-acre Cowdray Park.

'This incensed the Speaker, who I heard turn and complain in a very loud voice about what I had just done.

I caught the word "she" repeatedly and loudly.' Ms Dorries explains to Bercow on her blog: 'If you want to drop the tradition of wearing the Speaker's dress, then don't expect me to honour the tradition of standing still in the corridor when you move along it. You erode the authority of the Speaker's chair and, by doing so, erode the authority of Parliament itself.' Rugby pin-up Katherine Jenkins had better look out, for she is about to have some competition.

For Beatrice is dating Dave Clark, who works for Sir Richard.'Eugenie and Otto get on fabulously.

He is good fun - a real party animal, rather like Eugenie herself,' a pal of theirs tells me.Other famous faces at the event included James Blunt, who attended with his wife Sofia Wellesley, the granddaughter of the eighth Duke of Wellington.The royal spent some time catching up with James Blunt Nightclub owner Guy Pelly – a close friend of Eugenie's cousins Prince William and Prince Harry – was also there, as was Irene Forte and her boyfriend Jacobi Anstruther-Gough-Calthrope, the half-brother of Harry's ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas, and 's Rosie Fortescue and Millie Mackintosh.She's a classical singer, which really isn't the same.' As a guest star on East Enders, Boris Johnson was an improbable patron of the Queen Vic.And the residents of fictional Walford will no doubt be similarly surprised to learn how the floppy-haired London Mayor spent the fee he earned.It is said that the declaration of war against Austria in 1914 was delayed by a fortnight to enable the then Count Mensdorff to complete his round of country-house visits in England.