The View from the Hill on Tuesday 25th May
Picture the scene - an old lady is slowly eating her cornflakes, looking out of the window and wishing that her neighbours would turn down the music. Her husband is grumbling about the state of the world, his head in the newspaper. She is tired after a day trip to the Chelsea flower show and is looking forward to just sitting by the telly, having a cup of tea and perhaps watching the state opening of parliament, she likes that nice David Dimbleby.
Then reality hits home, with aching bunions she rises from her breakfast and moves towards the door and her husband looks up over the top of his paper and says to her - "it's your own stupid fault". He can be quite blunt but she loved the old rogue.
She walks to her wardrobe and opens it - what to wear?
Full length white dress, heavily beaded, a long flowing robe and a crown which weighs about 8 stone!
It's a bitch being the Queen.
"I would really rather stay at home today, I'm so tired" she tells her husband. "I don't feel like getting dressed up". "You better", he replies "otherwise some wag will write the Queen was in a State, Opening Parliament!".
She sighs and begins the transformation from 84 year old housewife to radiant monarch.
Meanwhile, near by, her son Charles is dressing up and pretending that he is going to open parliament - dream on sonny!
I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else - I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.
Queen Elizabeth II