LONDON (AFP) - Former prime minister Tony Blair proposed to his now wife Cherie while she was cleaning the toilet during a holiday in Italy, according to a new television documentary.So today, the Inquiring Photographer asks:
Cherie Blair told BBC television that the future prime minister popped the question in 1979 as she was tidying a villa in Tuscany before they headed home.
"I'd cleaned the toilet and he suddenly announced when I was on my knees that maybe we should get married," the human rights lawyer told the programme "The Real Cherie Blair," which is to be broadcast Wednesday.
How did you propose to your wife (or how did your husband propose to you)?
"Laura was workin' in the library, and I went up to her, and I said, 'Will you, uh, get, er, will you marry me?' And she said, 'SHHHHHHH!!!'"
"Papa always said a gentleman hasta ask the ladies sittin' on each of his knees to arise before he proposes to his wife."
"Many people don't realize this, but the Constitution says nothing about marriage proposals. That's why in my conscience I couldn't ask for [15 minutes excised] and we'll certainly look into those questions that have been raised."
"I had a dear friend back in Searchlight -- I think his name was Tommy -- who, tragically, was killed in a car accident. I asked my wife to marry me as we left the funeral home."
"My husband seemed a little unsure whether it was the right thing at the time, so I grabbed him by the nuts and squeezed. I could tell through his shrieks that he was looking forward to it."
"Well, first, I bought her an island . . ."
"Bill wrote me a lovely note on a sheet of his spiral notebook, and he asked Bobby Seale to present it to me."
"It was right after we went to get tested for HIV."
"I said, 'Will the gentleman yield?'"
"I looked directly into her eyes and handed her a rock."