Monday, September 24, 2012

A Cat May Look at The Queen

Today was the official opening of the University's new library by Her Majesty the Queen.
I was up there on the first floor balcony, a position befitting my place in the hierarchy. 
Not quite good enough for the ground floor, but fortunately not relegated to the seventh!
It suited my personality to be in the position of observer, with a bird's eye view of proceedings.
No need to curtsey  - phew!
There is a whole book to be written about today:  the nuances of interaction between the Great and the Good;  the shuffling for position;  the attention-seeking;  the absurdity of it all.
The actual "opening" was... sudden, and perhaps slightly unexpected?
As if Her Majesty decided she had somewhere else she would rather be... if only her husband would stop joking around with the lads!
And she's off!  On her own, leaving behind the men in suits.
A round of applause, please?

11 comments:

velosewer said...

That's a great story and very much the behaviour we've seen of her husband before.
I'm really excited that you had such a regal opportunity to see the royals and in your new dress. Nice to hear you didn't need to curtsey, this time. Have a great week.

Lovey said...

Many years ago Quenn Elizabeth and Prince Phillip visited Houston, Texas. My daughter was a Brownie Scout (perhaps 6 or 7 years old), and her troop was invited to be at city hall when the royals arrived. The Brownies were a bit disappointed in the Queen as they thought she looked like their grandmas. However, they LOVED Prince Phillip! The girls reported that he was tall, very handsome, and came over to speak with them and shake their hands!

beate said...

great lizzy! i wish i was there.....
and your scottish/french dress is beautiful. i can see on the fotos thats the facings are very good! and the colors of the plaid doing nice things for your teint.
next time you cant match the plaid take it in different directions - for example on the bias for the bodice.

Sølvi said...

Haha, what a great story. She´s stylish though, your Queen. Love the matching hat and buttons! :-)

Marie said...

Another witty and entertaining post...thanks for sharing!

Rachel-Lou said...

maybe she remembered she had left the iron on?

I like her hat, very nice shade of turquiose

LinB said...

How exciting, and odd, and -- for a Scot, ummm ... rebellion-inducing? Degrading? Surreal? (The only other Scot with whom I have correspondence roots for ABE in world football competitions.)

Sandy said...

What happens if the Queen gets a bit dotty? Will her son finally get his chance? Sounds like she was a bit off her feed or something to just take off like that. Anyhow, glad to see your photos of the top of the Prince's head and the buttons on Her Majesty's coat. And quite glad you didn't have to curtsy... I can remember my mother teaching me how to do it, just-in-case.

Scruffybadger said...

Lovely observations roo. I was taken by the Queen's outfit...buttons and hat matching with a lovely cream coat. It's really stuck in my mind!

Scruffybadger said...

Lovely observations roo. I was taken by the Queen's outfit...buttons and hat matching with a lovely cream coat. It's really stuck in my mind!

Linda said...

As a proud University of Aberdeen graduate I'm fascinated by this insider's view of the day. At least you didn't drop your camera on Mrs Queen from a great height. When I read about the event in the media it said she met University staff and officials, and I wondered where the students were.

Aberdeen is so lucky to have this library. My daughter has gone to another ancient Scottish university whose library is sinking into the ground. Still, if it was good enough for Wills and Kate...

Oh, another university library tale: my engineering student son was banned temporarily from the library of another ancient Scottish university (in the west) for trying to fix a broken photocopier. Nothing was being done and there was a huge queue of students waiting to use it. I had to explain to him that initiative wasn't always appreciated.