Monday, 4 June 2012

Long to rain over us

I'm no massive royalist and, frankly, most of the Queen's offspring have ably demonstrated that they deserve nothing better than to be sent to the Tower on many fronts. But it's difficult not to respect the stoicism and fortitude of someone who never had any expectation of acceding to the throne but got on with it for the next 60 years on a 'never explain, never complain' basis. She has put up with the shenanigans of the Diana years and the creeping over-familiarity and diminishing respect for her station. Indeed Stevie Wonder, who's due to play at tonight's Jubilee Concert (why? Don't we have enough home-grown talent? Sorry, but Stevie Wonder??) is reported as announcing grandiosely that the time is "long overdue" for him to meet the Queen. WTF? Exactly who does he think he is?  Deluded is what he is. 

Amidst reports of people (including the CNN correspondent) being taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia (good old British weather) after yesterday's river pageant, Her Maj and Phil stood on the deck of the Royal Barge for hours on end - her only concession to the temperature being to wrap a bit of a scarf round her shoulders. this has, of course, led to the usual Nanny-state witterers rushing to our TV screens to tell us to "make sure to wrap up warm" in the current inclement weather.  Oh pur-lease!  I thought a t-shirt and shorts would be perfectly adequate in 12 degrees?

This afternoon brings the news that the 90 year old Duke of Ed has been taken to hospital with a suspected infection - either he caught a chill yesterday or he's having trouble with the royal wee. Or is he just trying avoid Stevie, I wonder?


  1. I saw someone posted on Twitter that the Jubilee concert looked like the BBC Seaside Special. It did all seem a bit disjointed until Tom Jones came on and lifted the place.
    I kept wondering why the Queen didn't sit on her velvet throne during the flotilla but it was probably sopping wet.

  2. I read somewhere that the thrones looked like cast offs from the Beckham wedding! I expect they were soaking wet as well so two good reasons for not sitting on them. Since writing this, I've seen the balcony appearance and the fly past and definitely got a lump in my throat. It felt particularly sad seeing the Queen on her own without the D of E. a sign of things to come maybe?

  3. Oh perfection. Yes why do these Brit events always bring in such random bods? I have a new found respect for the Queen... for one thing - how does she put up with the Duke of Ed. His only real role is handing out Duke of Ed awards (wonder if he remembers what they are called?).

    1. Actually, I have quite a soft spot for old Phil. At least he stood in the pouring rib for 4 hours on a windy barge to support Her Maj.... He does a good line in insu,to and one-liners too!


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