On Tuesday the 5th of June I’ll be publishing a short story I’ve written especially to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I’ll be putting it online here for you to download free, so that you can print it out and keep it should you so wish (there are actually people who do this!). When people ask ‘Isn’t it weird having a Queen in the 21st century?’ I point out that HRH has been a constant presence in the lives of Londoners since before I and most of my friends were born, and remains a strangely stabilising influence that’s hard to explain.
As students we all went through our Republican phase (US readers please note that doesn’t mean the same thing) but the Queen’s astonishingly single-minded dedication to duty is something most of us recognise as a quality to which we can only aspire. ‘Born for the job of uniting a nation at its most fundamental level, did job very well.’ Not a bad epitaph. Men tend to fare badly in British royalty – it was a matriarchal society throughout the 20th century. Let’s skip over Charles and go straight onto William.
Anyway, short story next week.