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ALL aspects of normal life have been affected by the coronavirus crisis, and birthday celebrations are no exception.

For the First Minister, who has been celebrating her 50th birthday over the weekend, it meant entertainment options were limited.

Fortunately, there’s a “world-beating” circus act down in Westminster.

The clown, also a veteran of hire wire acts, provided the perfect inspiration for a birthday card to Nicola Sturgeon.

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The card took pride of place in the FM’s window sill, as pictured by husband and SNP chief executive Peter Murrell.

Posting a photo last night, it wasn’t the birthday balloons which caught the attention of many onlookers.

On a card in the background showing a cartoonish figure with a striking resemblance to the Prime Minister, the caption read: “I’ve hired a first class clown for you birthday.”

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It proved to be popular with Twitter users.

One wrote: "Class card!"

Another posted: "Love it someone has a brilliant sense of yourself and your humour. They obviously knew that it would make you laugh."