I finally got around to HM's Christmas message, last night (I've been cooking and baking a lot). The colour of dress was beautiful, the lipstick shade punchy and the hair less static. She could have almost been vampish in vibe, single and determined, and speaking with no holds barred. There was compassion yet with a don't-mess-with-me I-can-wipe-the-floor-with-anyone undertone on other topics. She was regal, in a way Cate Blanchett would have researched for a role. There was no sign of weakness, of faltering though there was the openness about her feelings about her husband. I think she's a great study in adaptability. No one has ever zeitgeisted better, hands down. It should serve as a lesson to those who are the taste du jour. I would tell Angela Kelly that shapewear would top off the femme fatale-ishness of it all though that might just be too much. Nevertheless, there's only one QE2. 👌🏼
Leave it to HM to pre-empt any cloud on the post-QE2 era by designating Camilla as future Queen Consort, which is the traditional and rightful title. A master stroke some say and you have to agree, what with rumblings that Harry's biography was going to perhaps be causing upsets etc. The woman has been Charles' steadfast companion. She has not angled for the title, mounted no campaign and didn't cause a fuss when it was stated she'd accept a lesser rank. You have to admire that kind of self-abnegation in a time of opposite aggrandizement, and also her keen sense of ear-to-the-ground in feeling out public sentiment. Charles will have waited a long time for his rein and why should half of it be spent reliving any controversy? If anything, we've since seen that rules have softened to allow alternatives to traditional pairings. It's a matured result of what was broken on their backs for wanting to marry out of love, not duty, which couldn't be done at the time and with the consequences we saw although of course, the boys were the reward for both parents. But it paved the way, for both Will and Harry to marry who THEY chose so on that, there should be no regret. Godspeed, I say. HM puts the best in bestie 👌🏼
HM has tested positive for Covid. Seeing that she felt stiff the other day, it's not surprising. I can't stress enough the benefits of the air-borne bacteria-killing Berger oil lamp. I would urge her to stop caffeine altogether, to spare her heart any overstimulation. Naturally, she's vaccinated so that's a relief but rather than light duties, someone should prioritize the things that make her feel good. It's all about immunity boosting. Vitamins D, B, among others, and lots of rest. It's okay to take a week off. Get well.
Speaking of schizos, British Vogue editor Edward Enninful's wedding guests circulated a double rumour regarding QE2. First, that she'd be attending and secondly, that she was otherwise detained because she departed for a better world. 🙄
The reactions are in, and I'm with John Cleese mostly. However, the British have to realize their queen is no longer at peak form, and a manipulator won't change his stripes. I lived it. You cannot reason with an aging mother for who it's too much to grasp her favourite son is really deeply flawed. It would require a rewiring her mind cannot undertake at this late stage of the game. You can only show mercy, indulgence and be grateful for the good she did do and try not to mourn whatever she withheld from you. It just never was, and you must look around and take stock of what life did give you that make up for the shortfall you didn't deserve. Oftentimes it will make you appreciate more those who do not shortchange you. Charles has Camilla, arguably a more emotionally fulfilling relationship than his parents had. William has Kate and a fantastic family. Edward has never had to have his intelligence or integrity abused. He's coming into his own now, with Sophie and their children. Anne is solid, well surrounded too. Andrew is what he is. He hasn't evolved. He's one-dimensional. Everyone else should count their blessings. Once in heaven, your parents can see the truth that in life they could not see. Then it's they who miss you 😄. It's the circle of life.
Was it Loose Women who critiqued HM's Bday portrait but I love it. I love magnolias in the Spring. I like the effacing coat that punches up the white buds, the white horses and ultimately her hair. It's glamorous nature imo, dazzle without artifice. It also conveys you don't need to sit on a throne to stand powerfully on your own. Although the little girl in me is psyched about QE Barbie 🤩 I used to have an amazing QE2 bobblehead in floral dress and purse that I added a Corgi to, that I treasured in my kitchen window sill, however the gay guys across the street I used to host at parties couldn't resist her so I gave it to them 😕
Best Wishes 🥳🎊💐🥂🍾🎂🎈
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* I found an old pic of the bobblehead. It was the window of my office next to the kitchen actually in a super historic building with a Group of Seven fresco.
Some levity by a charming and gifted artist, Dominique Degueldre, who if memory serves, is featured in Brigitte Macron's Elysée office.
DD created "Liz II":
Loosely translated, the feminist slogan reads something like: I'm not a trophy or armpiece. Catherine Deneuve played in a wonderful comedy called "La Potiche" about a trophy housewife who takes over her husband's business. The ceramic is Limoges and the scarf, a Hermes 👏🏼👌🏼
THE QUEEN Elizabeth II, une femme qui ose, qui décide, qui inspire, qui fascine. Invitée à participer à une expo collective « THE QUEEN » j’ai décidé de faire son portrait, je vous le partage. Vous le trouvez comment ?
Comme toujours j’utilise des objets attribués à la femme, et j’en fais des œuvres d’art.
Exposée jusqu’au 29 mai à la SR Gallery au Sablon.
QE2 missed the opening of parliament, probably out of Boris Johnson fatigue. Meanwhile, if my bestie needs a boost, she may want to try Reiki. It's non-invasive and quite beneficial. I recall in the late 90s the last time I had it, on the way home someone commented on my almost supernatural glow. I should probably do it again 🤔
The Daily Mail described the queen as “beaming in delight.” The Times of London said that the queen looked “full of life” and that the “secret was simple: horses.” At the end of the show, the queen took a victory lap around the open-air arena, waving to the crowd from her car. She was met with a standing ovation.
When HM bounces back, as she surely will, a nice holiday on her yacht to the waters where her husband had swam after her should be prescribed by her doctors. She should take Edward and Sophie, Anne, Mrs Kelly and her favourite staff along with her doctor. And the pets. The sea air would do her good. Feel better.