Thursday, 21 June 2012

The Queen smiling


This is an absolutely lovely picture of the Queen who we are always told has a marvellous sense of humour. 
Note how in the Queen completely eclipses the Duchess of Cambridge who is looking stunning but who looks like a television presenter rather than our future Queen.

I was at first slightly unsure about whether the Queen should smile so much in public though. Queen Mary never did.  Smiling seems rather American. 

The late Queen Mother was, I thought, the first queen to smile publicly a lot, which showed that she was not born to the purple. Charles Moore said during the Jubilee celebrations a couple of weeks ago that he had never seen any pictures of Queen Victoria smiling in public. This sounded probable, though I have seen at least one of her laughing uproariously in private, but I was wrong and Moore failed to search Google. 

Queen Victoria in an open coach, February 15, 1892. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

This reminds me of how Lord Mountbatten used to talk while smiling but without moving his mouth - like a ventriloquist's dummy.

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