Posts tagged with “queen”

DAILY TELEGRAPH – 28th May 2011

The Kenyan cook’s grandson and the king-emperor’s grand-daughter looked very happy together. In fact, along with their spouses, they created an object lesson in how any disparity – in race, age or background – can be turned to advantage in a common cause. And when, as in this case, the cause in question is nothing less than “to reaffirm one of the oldest, one of the strongest alliances the world has ever known” then we can be reassured that all the week’s ceremonial effort has had some tangible benefit.

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DAILY EXPRESS 26 May 2007

“Her Majesty, Queen Wallis.”

Sounds wrong? It didn’t sound right in 1936 either and soon King Edward VIII was sailing into exile. Now the names have changed but the questions haven’t. Queen Camilla anyone…? Keep holding your breath.

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THE SPECTATOR 7th SEPTEMBER 2006

Film review: “The Queen”

Nearly twenty years ago, as a nervous new-boy equerry to the Princess of Wales, I was in charge of organising her attendance at the royal charity premiere of a film called Dangerous Liaisons. I had never heard of Stephen Frears the director and I don’t remember how low he bowed when the Princess offered him her hand.

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MAIL ON SUNDAY, 19TH APRIL 2006

Everybody has a Queen moment. Mine came when I was ten years old. She was just a flash of Royal profile in the back of a Rolls-Royce, but it still brightened a rainy morning in a grey Scottish town. We’d been excused an hour of maths so we could stand in the cold to pay our moment of respect. It seemed a very fair deal to me and I became a fan of Her Majesty on the spot.

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SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 4th JULY 2004

Diana and memorials go together. At least they do for me. As her equerry and subsequently her private secretary for eight years, I arranged for her to stand respectfully in front of them in Whitehall and Heliopolis, in Rawalpindi, Kathmandu and Hodegaya, to remember just a few.

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