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Thread #131011   Message #2958912
Posted By: MGM·Lion
05-Aug-10 - 01:53 PM
Thread Name: BS: Is Monarchy Obsolete in the UK?
Subject: RE: BS: Is Monarchy Obsolete in the UK?
One morning in 1940, when I was 8, I set out as usual for Garden Suburb School, ¼-mile from my home at the other end of Ashbourne Avenue. When I got there, I was turned home again: a landmine dropped during the previous night's air-raid had damaged it too badly to be used for some weeks. But that afternoon, I was back there again, with my mother and sister, as the word had gone around that the King and Queen were coming to inspect the damage. As they walked past, a woman behind me called out "Good luck"; the King immediately turned towards her and replied "Thank you" with the utmost politeness. Then a big girl [about 12-13, I would guess] ran up behind them and slapped the King quite hard between the shoulders. He looked a bit startled but walked calmly on, while the Headmaster and the Mayor of Hendon turned on the hapless child and soon had her in tears with their none-too-gentle enquiries as to what she thought she was doing. "I only wanted to be able to tell people I had touched the King," she sobbed. They gave her another stern look, then turned away half-smiling; they obviously understood where [as we would say nowadays] she was coming from.

Not sure why I have adduced these long-remembered anecdotes here. Just felt right.