Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Mrs Queen Takes The Train
As the book opens we are introduced to several of the Queen's staff at the palace. Among them are William, her butler, Luke, her security officer, Shirley, her "dresser" and Lady Anne, the lady in waiting. All live to serve the queen and are proud of their jobs despite their low salaries. We find that there is a special horse in the mews ( or stables as we say here in America) named Elizabeth. Elizabeth was born on the queen's birthday hence the special name. Queen Elizabeth is quite fond of her namesake and enjoys treating the horse to a bit of cheddar cheese. Rebecca, the young woman who works in the mews always has a bit of the costly cheese on hand should the queen show up unexpectedly. The cheese is purchased in a special shop where a young man of Indian descent but born and raised in London is employed. Rajiv is interested in the shy Rebecca and hopes to get her to have dinner with him sometime soon.
The Queen is feeling a bit down and even her corgies cannot cheer her up. She has heard that her old ship, Britannia, is moored in Edinburgh and she decides she would like to visit the place where she has had so many sweet experiences. While mulling over this decision, the queen goes to see Elizabeth. Rebecca is suprised to find the queen out in the cold rain with only a headscarf as protection so she loans her a hoodie to wear back to the palace. The hoodie is emblazoned with a skull and crossbones on the back! Leaving the mews, Queen Elizabeth decides to take a walk outside the palace and that leads her to take a train to Edinburgh.
Back at the palace, William and Luke are dismayed to find they have "lost" the queen. They must find her before MI5 gets involved and decides that the queen has gone off her rocker. Marshalling the troops, the staff along with Rebecca and Rajiv plot their mission to recover the queen.
This book is very entertaining as it really catches the spirit of a queen who must sometimes grow weary of doing her duty! One of the funnier moments occurs as the queen is sitting at a table with three other travelers and they keep telling her that she looks familiar. Finally they decide that she looks like Helen Mirren!! If you enjoy keeping up with the royal family of Great Britain, you will enjoy this imaginary tale of a very human queen.