Have a happy day, Ma’am (again)!
We’ve just returned home from greeting the Queen as she arrived at Hitchin station for her Diamond Jubilee tour of North Hertfordshire. The royal Bentley was parked outside the station with the chauffeur giving a last-minute polish to the windscreen and there was a collection of ladies wearing hats, including the Mayor of Hitchin (dress a bit crumpled), someone else in a( badly hemmed) powder blue outfit whose hat was just the wrong shade of blue, and worst of all the Lord Lieutenant, the Countess of Verulam, in a coat dress that husband described as something out of a 1940s newsreel. Her hat was lilac and too large for a tall lady and did not match the dress at all. Unfortunately when HM arrived she was wearing a lilac coat and hat. (Off to the tower with the Countess!) The Queen’s lady-in-waiting, wearing a smart navy outfit and hat with red trim, reminded me of Christina Osborne, as in her avatar photo. We thought HM looked a little frail, but she smiled happily at the crowd. She is quite small, the same height as me I believe, and 5ft 3in is a very good height but easily hidden by inconsiderate taller people.
I was reminded of Christina’s comment about the punishing schedule the Queen has had recently and I really would not want to be in her shoes (or beautiful outfits). Anyway I was glad to have seen her – and I hope she felt the same. And, as husband said, I had fun criticising ladies’ outfits.