My own observations of the Queen are that she isn't actually good at her job. I've seen her at Buckingham Palace garden parties – I was introduced to her once at a Christmas party. I said "hello" and smiled at her, and she looked absolutely aghast. She stared at me for a moment and then cut me dead and moved on, because I didn't curtsey and didn't speak until I was spoken to. I think she should have had the manners to say, "Very nice to meet you" or something.Staunch Republican here. Can't bear the thought of more fawning, unquestioning TV coverage coming up over the next few weeks.
Jubilee Protest, South Bank, 3 June