Thursday, May 03, 2007
I felt an absurd queasiness when I read the Queen was to start her US trip in Virginia. The state is named after the Virgin Queen and, ridiculous I know, but any suggestion of sex - or the lack of it - in the context of Her Majship just isn't right. Much as one admires hot-headed Phil, one likes to think the royals brats were immaculately conceived. This is a symptom, I guess, of the way she has at last re-attained the sanctity that clung to her when she first got the job. She is now beyond all her tribulations and has become, in the national imagination, the still point in a spinning world, a sign that something indefinable survives unchanged. This is not - watch out, Charles and William - a monarchist sentiment, it is simply pro-Queen. You don't hear even the most rabid republicans saying a word against her these days. So, colonials, look after her and, Dubya, don't get carried away. The real reason for her visit is the Kentucky Derby. Horses matter to the lady. One can see why, given her experience of people.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 8:36 am