Kenneth Tynan put on a blue movie -it soon had Princess Margaret in fits of laughter: Craig Brown on the most extraordinary encounters of the last…


Kenneth Tynan put on a blue movie, it soon had Princess Margaret in fits of laughter: Craig Brown on the most extraordinary encounters of the last century

2:39 AM on 20th September 2011

Kenneth Tynan put on a blue movie, it soon had Princess Margaret in fits of laughter: Craig Brown on the most extraordinary encounters of the last century Royal blue: Princess Margaret was surprised by a private movie shown by theatre critic Kenneth Tynan (right) Royal blue: Princess Margaret was surprised by a private movie shown by theatre critic Kenneth Tynan (right)

Royal blue: Princess Margaret was surprised by a private movie shown by theatre critic Kenneth Tynan (right)

Saved the day: Peter Cook

Saved the day: Peter Cook”s remarks made the Princess collapse into laughter

Kenneth Tynan put on a blue movie, it soon had Princess Margaret in fits of laughter: Craig Brown on the most extraordinary encounters of the last century

Queen Mother:

Queen Mother: “Then we had this rather lugubrious man in a suit, and he read a poem. I think it was called The Desert. And first the girls got the giggles, and then I did, and then even the King”

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Didn”t he work at a bank: Queen Elizabeth II laughed at a poetry reading by T.S Eliot

Kenneth Tynan put on a blue movie, it soon had Princess Margaret in fits of laughter: Craig Brown on the most extraordinary encounters of the last century

Threats: Frank Sinatra didn

Threats: Frank Sinatra didn”t take kindly to jokes made by comedian Jackie Mason, namely “Frank soaks his dentures and Mia brushes her braces”

Smack: Dominick Dunne

Smack: Dominick Dunne

Kenneth Tynan put on a blue movie, it soon had Princess Margaret in fits of laughter: Craig Brown on the most extraordinary encounters of the last century

Defending his girlfriend

Defending his girlfriend”s honour: “I can assure you you”re quite wrong. She is, in fact, an extremely intelligent and well-informed woman” says Anthony Armstrong Jones

Stranded near Staines: Kingsley Amis

Stranded near Staines: Kingsley Amis

Amid the chorus of jubilation greeting the news of the royal engagement, a single sour note is sounded by Kingsley Amis.

Amid the chorus of jubilation greeting the news of the royal engagement, a single sour note is sounded by Kingsley Amis