… The queen’s addresses tend to be broad, anodyne and even a little opaque.
“The problem with Yorkie [the Duke of York] is he can be very arrogant and petulant. I think that’s down to insecurity.” [Former palace official]
Two lines of admiration converge in these disparate quotes.
The fan of opacity can’t help but keep an ear to the palace, whose relentless scentlessness trumps unstinting reek belched elsewhere.
The queen is to say [in her Christmas message] that “small steps taken in faith and in hope can overcome long-held differences and deep-seated divisions… The path, of course, is not always smooth, and may at times this year have felt quite bumpy….”
The queen termed 1992 “annus horribilis”; 2018 was “busy”; 2019 ends “bumpy.”
The rhetoric of Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, moreover, is physical as well as verbal. Her Majesty saddled up just recently to support her insecure youngest [the Duke of York].
On Friday, the Queen was spotted horse riding with Prince Andrew in the grounds of Windsor in what one royal expert said was an apparent show of support to her second son.“He’s been through the ringer… It’s probably giving a message that whatever he’s done, he’s still my son, he’s still a member of the royal family.” [Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine]
Few nonagenarians can sit a horse. Fewer still are queens.
Lliana Magra, “Queen’s Christmas Message Acknowledges a ‘Bumpy’ Year for U.K.,” NYTimes, 12-24-19.
Stephen Bates, “Prince Andrew’s fall from grace brings uncertain times for the monarchy,” theguardian.com, 11-22-19.
(c) 2019 JMN