Theresa May was heading for the group photo of EU leaders at Friday's summit in Malta when she decided she'd had enough of her handbag, so immediately handed it over to an aide. Jim Waterson @jimwaterson Fair play to Theresa May getting that very large bloke to carry her handbag. 11:41 AM - 03 Feb 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite That large "bloke" is, on closer inspection, Olly Robbins, the senior civil servant tasked with delivering Brexit on behalf of the British government. As well as carrying the prime minister's handbag. Joey Jones @joeyfjones @jimwaterson that's Olly Robbins as far as I can tell on small screen. Her "sherpa". Multitasking. Fri Feb 03 11:52:17 UTC+0000 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite Robbins is responsible for running the Department for Exiting the EU. He helps prepare the prime minister for key summits and travels in her entourage. Parliament TV / Civil Service World / Via civilserviceworld.com But no matter how senior you are, when the prime minister asks you to carry a handbag, you carry the damn handbag. European Council A lot of people understood the situation. Matt Chorley @MattChorley Every married man has had to do that "I'm very comfortable with this handbag" thing in a supermarket https://t.co/hK6BgUXQq1 12:04 PM - 03 Feb 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite Ben Brittain @Of_Mice_And_Ben "Here you are bab, have that for a second would you." https://t.co/Cpxm38dyhX 11:55 AM - 03 Feb 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite Although there was some cruel and unfounded speculation. David Hodges @davidjhodges @jimwaterson @hoskas obvious drugs deal 12:13 PM - 03 Feb 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite But ultimately no matter how slick and senior they are, at some point every civil servant will eventually find themselves back as a bag carrier. European Council Literally.