Never in my life have I felt more like Blair Wardolf, who I'm quite sure, regrets not sticking it out with Lord Marcus. She regretted it when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tied the knot, but I have a feeling that she's feeling this regret most now that she won't be getting an insider's view of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. The above ensemble is what I would be wearing to the affair if I had the pull of the Beckhams, the same pull Blair let slip through her fingers.... <heavy sigh goes here...>
Instead of moaning that Harper Seven will get to wear her perfectly tailored outfit, and maybe even a garden hat -- or worse fascinator! Proceed to make the press and drink tea with Liz, I decided to bring you some facts about the Queen and her 60 years.
1. She was born as Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth of York. (That must have been some birth certificate, probably written on parchment.)
2. At her birth she was third in line for the throne, after her uncle and father.
3. She is named for her mother (Elizabeth 1) and paternal grandmother (Alexandra).
4. She was 25 when she acceded to the throne of the Commonwealth realms.
5. According to the official Diamond Jubilee site "in 60 years, The Queen has undertaken 261 official overseas visits, including 96 State Visits, to 116 different countries." A true jetsetter.
6. As the Queen I'm sure she gets a lot of gifts here are some of the strange ones: "two tortoises given to The Queen in the Seychelles in 1972; a seven-year-old bull elephant called "Jumbo" given to Her Majesty by the President of Cameroon in 1972 to mark The Queen's Silver Wedding, and two black beavers given to The Queen after a Royal visit to Canada."
7. The Queen's visit to Ireland in 2011 was the first by a British Monarch since 1911.
8. Since her reign The Queen has sat for 129 portraits. (There were no stats for pap shots.)
9. The monarchy doesn't sleep on innovation because according to the Jubilee website The Queen has achieved the following in social networking: "The Queen launched the British Monarchy’s official website in 1997. In 2007 the official British Monarchy YouTube channel was unveiled, swiftly followed by a Royal Twitter site (2009), Flickr page (2010) and Facebook page (also 2010)."
10. When she gave birth to Prince Andrew she became the first to do so during her reign since Queen Victoria in 1857.
To my girl Liz, enjoy your day. Sorry I can't be there with you.
<Side eye directed at Harper Seven here>