EGGED ON: Eggs were a big theme of the Bush state visit to London Thursday — and we’re not talking Nigella Lawson’s lunch menu. While protesters were busy pelting eggs at the effigy of George Bush in Trafalgar Square at the end of a 200,000-strong antiwar march, Laura Bush was gazing at bejeweled copies of them. The First Lady visited an exhibition of Fabergé eggs at The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace before going on to The Royal Mews to see the Gold State Coach. A Bush spokesman said the First Lady had no plans to shop during her three-day visit. “Unfortunately, their schedules are just too busy.”

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ITALIAN DELIGHT: Watch out, Victoria’s Secret. Sultry soap star Susan Lucci, who sells her jewelry and accessories on the Home Shopping Network, says she’s launching a lingerie line in the first week of February on HSN. “It will be very sensual and very sexy,” Lucci disclosed at the National Italian American Foundation dinner at San Domenico Tuesday night. The event celebrated the first NIAF Andrea Bocelli Music Scholarship and drew a stupendous crowd, with Robert DeNiro, Yogi Berra, Mario Andretti, Sylvia Miles, Gina Lollobrigida, Claudio Del Vecchio, Vic Damone and his wife, Rena Rowan.
The real stars of the evening, however, were the rare 476-g., $4,000 white truffle that restaurateur Tony May proudly showed every guest and, of course, Stefanie Izzo, an A student at New York University majoring in music voice performance, who received the scholarship. “This is quite possibly the coolest day of my life.” Bocelli suggested another very cool day might be in her future: “I hope to sing with her in some production.”

BOOK NIGHT: Lord Conrad Black might have a black eye over his handling of the newspaper group, Hollinger International, but he isn’t keeping a low profile. After all, he has his 1,280-page biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt to promote. So Oscar de la Renta and Jayne Wrightsman will throw a book party for Black and 300 of his friends Monday at the Four Seasons in New York (where his wife, Barbara Amiel, lunched Wednesday with Lally Weymouth). And it’s certainly going to be a busy night for readers at the restaurant — there’s also a party Monday for 600 people to celebrate the publication of former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin’s book, “In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington.” Perhaps Rubin could give Black some tips on how to deal with the SEC?

ROYAL REPAST: Queen Elizabeth II certainly likes pomp and circumstance, but Queen Sofia of Spain goes the other way. The stylish, smiling queen — whose son, Felipe, just got engaged to a Spanish television reporter — had a low-key lunch Thursday at La Grenouille and was hardly recognized. Even her security didn’t give her away — two men sat discreetly and eyed the room from a few tables away.

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