Rupert was accompanied by his glamorous partner Rebekah Brooks who charmed the crowds with her easy manner and populist style and the couple enjoyed an extended walkabout with the cheering crowds who had gathered to welcome Britain’s official Head of State making a rare visit to his United Kingdom.
‘People criticize Rupert Murdoch and his lovely bride Rebekah, which is not fair because they can’t answer back,’ said one flag-waving pensioner. ‘Especially since the News of the World closed down.’
Along the route of the walkabout, children sang songs and presented posies of flowers to the couple on their first official visit to London since ‘the wedding of the century’.
In the afternoon, the mood turned more sombre as the visiting couple laid a wreath outside Wapping in memory of newspapers that had paid the ultimate sacrifice, and Rupert paused for a while to read the many tributes that had been left by journalists lost in active service.
During their busy schedule, Rupert Murdoch may find time to invite the British Prime Minister David Cameron for an official audience, ‘if the tree planting ceremony doesn’t over run.’ The couple also hope to do a little shopping while they are in London. ‘There are the remaining 61% of shares in BskyB that Rupert was hoping to pick up while he is here…’
But much of the press attention has been on his striking new partner Rebekah Brooks who has left official observers open-mouthed with her audacious disregard for protocol and her ability to engage with ordinary people. ‘She was so well briefed, she knew everything about me,’ said one Afghanistan veteran; ‘Like, stuff I’d only mentioned to my wife on my mobile phone; she knew all about it!’