Friday, July 13, 2007
So Betty didn't flounce. There is, however, expected to be some serious flouncing at the BBC today. Who complained first I wonder? Annie Leibovitz or the Palace? Still the snapper-monarch dialogue remains intact. The Queen's response to the request to take her crown off to look less dressy at first puzzled me. "Less dressy? What do you think this is?" Did she means the vast concoction of velvet, silk and gold thread she was wearing wasn't dressy, that she was, in fact, dressed down for the occasion? No, of course she meant taking the crown off wouldn't do much to reduce the overwhelming dressiness of the entire ensemble. Well, quite. Perhaps Annie was taking the first tentative step to getting her to strip completely - the Queen as nature intended. Anyway the whole thing was worth it for that shot of Betty striding down a corridor - TO the shoot not FROM - looking like a cross Womble accompanied by a woman in a business suit and a nose-up, Ruritanian flunky holding the end of her robe. As Daphne once said in Frasier, you can't buy memories like that.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 6:40 am