Written by Daniel James Parry
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II turns 90, there’s no doubt that aristocrats from every corner of the world will be visiting British shores, accompanied by the finest gifts money can buy. And as the old adage goes, ‘a crown fit for a King’, or a Queen in this case, is all well and good – but what does Her Majesty really like?
Articles in recent press stories have painted a picture of a middle class woman who’d found herself sat on the throne purely through lineage and family. Royal visits Her Majesty has taken to various locations all around the world have led witnesses to note how she and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, are a dynamic duo. Philip, like a child in a toy shop, regularly expresses his fascination for how things work and the intricate methods which lead to their function, such as a tour of the Dyson factory, reports Tim Heald of The Express. Meanwhile, Her Majesty is very much a lady of the people; she has been known on several occasions to be a chatterbox, thoroughly enjoying speaking to the people in a general way, taking a particular interest in the families of those she visits, a much kinder, gentler and warmer soul than the Queens painted across the pages of storybooks and in the fictional universes of, say, Westeros. For those unfamiliar, this is the country in which George RR Martin paints his fantasy bloodbath, affectionately known as Game of Thrones.
Picture the scene; it’s a busy Saturday afternoon and you’re heading to your local shopping centre to shop for a gift for Her Majesty, but for the sake of context, let’s just call her Elizabeth. You find yourself dodging young children in prams, arms carrying as many shopping bags as possible, or as muscles will allow. Meanwhile, as if an invasion on the ground wasn’t enough, you find yourself ducking and diving to escape kamikaze attacks from pigeons, driven by a hunger for discarded remnants of Greggs’ steak bakes and chicken slices.