SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Former Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury, 48, ...

While most of us were enjoying the great outdoors at the weekend, former Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury, 48, was recovering from surgery for a triple hernia. 

‘No lifting, exercise, playing with kids. Only allowed to eat eggs. Chocolate eggs,’ she tweeted from her bed in London’s Lister Hospital. 

Her sister, Gina, tells me: ‘She thought she had two hernias, but then discovered she had three. 

Former Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury, 48, was recovering from surgery for a triple hernia this weekend

Former Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury, 48, was recovering from surgery for a triple hernia this weekend

'They had built up over the years due to her endometriosis and having children later in life.’ 

Julia is now recuperating in Spain with her Irish property-developer husband Gerard Cunningham.

Super-svelte Jodie's model Baywatch turn

Former model Jodie Kidd, who returned to the catwalk for the first time in a decade earlier this year, was channelling the spirit of Nineties TV series Baywatch in Barbados this weekend.

The 40-year-old, who is holidaying with her boyfriend, ex-Royal Marine Joseph Bates, ambled along the beach in a £235 red Melissa Odabash costume that showed off her svelte frame. The mother-of-one credits her figure to eating organic and healthy food, with breakfast often consisting of a smoothie made from avocado, organic apples, spinach, greens powder, maca powder and seeds.

‘When I was younger, I existed on burgers and pizza,’ admits a newly brunette Jodie. ‘But if I eat like that now, I feel so lethargic. It’s the silver lining of getting older — you learn what’s good for your body.’

Former model Jodie Kidd, 40, who is holidaying with her boyfriend, ex-Royal Marine Joseph Bates, ambled along the beach in a £235 red Melissa Odabash costume that showed off her svelte frame

Former model Jodie Kidd, 40, who is holidaying with her boyfriend, ex-Royal Marine Joseph Bates, ambled along the beach in a £235 red Melissa Odabash costume that showed off her svelte frame

 Fergie finds favour with Andrew's former flame

She is reputedly one of the Duke of York’s old flames, but she has just received a glowing endorsement from an unexpected quarter — the Duchess of York.

Fergie has alerted her social media followers that her ‘great friend’ Caroline Stanbury — as she describes the vivacious blonde — is hosting an event next month in California where she’ll share ‘, , business and wellness secrets’.

Now living in Dubai with her Turkish husband Cem Habib, Stanbury, 42, will talk about ‘being a married mother of three who is dominating the international business world’.

Four years ago, her company, Gift Library — an online ‘gifting service’ whose products included a £295 baby comb set — went into administration, as I disclosed at the time.

‘Platinum’ tickets for next month’s bash are £800 apiece.

That’s the spirit.

 A very modern 90th for Lady P

The Queen's bridesmaid, Lady Pamela Hicks, daughter of the 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, received a very modern present for her 90th birthday. Her daughter, India, reveals she commissioned a portrait of her mother by Instagram artist Elke Mackus.

She explains: ‘Through the remarkable connections we all make on Instagram I met an artist who drew this for her — seated in a chair designed by my father [the late David Hicks], with the Rex Whistler mural of my mother’s childhood home, Broadlands, behind her.’

India adds the picture also features a ‘miniature ancestral portrait gallery that includes [near right, from bottom to top] her granddaughter Domino, myself, her sister, her mother Countess Mountbatten, her beloved grandmother Princess Victoria and her grandmother’s grandmother Queen Victoria’.

Her daughter, India, reveals she commissioned a portrait of her mother by Instagram artist Elke Mackus

Her daughter, India, reveals she commissioned a portrait of her mother by Instagram artist Elke Mackus

 The Duke of Wellington faces battle on home front

Despite having the most exclusive address in the world, Number 1 London, the current Duke of Wellington is struggling to attract visitors to his ancestral home.

Apsley House has been lived in by the nation’s most aristocratic family for the past

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