Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Her Maj reads

Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl,
but she doesn't have a lot to say
Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl
but she changes from day to day

I want to tell her that I love her a lot
But I gotta get a belly full of wine
Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl
Someday I'm going to make her mine, oh yeah,
Someday I'm going to make her mine.
("Her Majesty" Lennon/McCartney)

As a long-time royal watcher I've long wondered HOW they do it--how do they stand the tedium and boredom of their official lives? How many times can you pretend to be interested in how far someone has come to see "One"??? How much inane small talk can you make before you just plain SCREAM?? I understand deer-stalking, polo, competitive carriage driving, 3 day eventing, etc much better when you think about the sheer mind-numbing boredom of the royal round. Yes, they ARE well housed and well paid, by good-grief, would you be able to stand it--having your life mapped out to the minute years in advance?? I couldn't. Neither, it seems, could author Alan Bennet who hands us a delightful little story of Queen Elizabeth, in her eighties, becomming a reader and learning that there is, in fact, another dimension to life than finding out just how far someone has traveled to attend today's royal "do."

This intriguing little story tells us of Her Majesty's accidental encounter with a library Bookmobile and the "havoc" it soon wrecks in the well-timed life her Equerries, Private Secretaries and other flunkies have planned for her. Even her ever-grumpy hubby Philip is affected by it. Best of all we see the rise of Norman, a pot-washer from the Buck House kitchen that her Majesty meets in the Bookmobile. The wonderful thoughts that come to H.M. from her reading make this book such a gem on their own, but the wicked humor she uses to twit the tragically named "Sir Kevin" makes me laugh out loud.

This one is definitely a candidate for must-read book of the year!


Jeanne said...

Loved this book - A right royal romp through the world of literature. Very funny.

Love your song lyrics as well - hadn't heard them before.

Hopewell said...

The song is on "Let it Be"--the last Beatles album.......