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Don’t call him Eddie

Posted by Marilyn on March 16, 2006

Apparently Prince Edward can’t deal with a bit of teasing. Whatever you do, if you happen to meet him on the street, do not call him Eddie.

You can call him the Royal Tea boy, Barbara, Mavis, Edward Windsor, Your Royal Highness, or Sir, but don’t call him Eddie.  

In case you haven’t heard, don’t call him Eddie!

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Tea with the Queen

Posted by Marilyn on March 3, 2006

Some might consider it bad form to invite yourself over to someones house. No matter how curious you are to look in their medicine cabinet, it’s usually best to wait for an invitation. Especially if you want to have tea with the Queen.

However, if you really must invite yourself over, at least check to make sure the Queen is in. At minimum, call ahead. Just because you happen to be in the neighborhood, hopping over a fence and entering without knocking just isn’t done. At least bring some unopened wine or flowers. Note: Picking them out of her garden doesn’t count.

Once you’re in the palace, you might as well use the bathroom to freshen up. Use a breath mint, comb your hair, generally pull yourself together in a presentable fashion.

When you meet the Queen, address her as ‘Your Majesty’ – being informal isn’t appropriate. Afterwards you should address her as ‘Ma’am’ (to rhyme with ‘lamb). If you’re female, you may want to curtsey, for males, a bow or bob of the head is good. Don’t sit unless invited to do so. Try not to trip over the corgi’s.

It’s always good to be polite, witty, droll, but never familiar. Always remember that you are speaking to The Queen.  Ignore this advice at your peril. It’s rumoured that the Queen can freeze water with her stare. Thankfully, I’ve never experienced it.

Since the Queen is a busy person, try to keep track of the time. Don’t overstay your welcome. Regardless of how late it is, don’t ask to stay the night.

Gracefully bid her adieu. Afterwards, send a thankyou note.

It’s just common sense.

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The Perfect Ending

Posted by Marilyn on March 1, 2006

I have a problem right now.

It’s a problem I’ve had quite a few times but I’ve always overcome it, eventually.

I have several drafts which I can’t quite finish – extremely frustrating! Usually I update my blog, at minimum every other day, but as you may notice, it hasn’t been updated since the 23rd.

The reason? I’m wracking my brain for the perfect ending!


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Leonid and Lizzie

Posted by Marilyn on February 28, 2006

Once upon a time there was a Soviet leader named Leonid Brezhnev. Burdened by his office, he decides to escape, and takes off in a hot-air balloon. For three days he searches for freedom, love, and for the Queen (Lizzie). When he lands, he befriends a group of gypsies, and confesses his love for Lizzie, who he is determined to marry. The gypsies decide to help Leonid, and they find Lizzie and bring her to him. Leonid and Lizzie gaze longingly into each others eyes…..

Want to know what happens next?

You’ll have to watch the movie to find out

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Posting here or there?

Posted by Marilyn on February 24, 2006

Now that I have another blog, which as you can see, I’m actively updating, I have a dilemma. When I write an article about royalty, where do I post it? Do I post it on Marilyn’s Royal Blog or here? I want this blog to be as ‘royal’ as possible so it would make sense to post it here, however I want to keep Marilyn’s Royal Blog as up-to-date as possible. Always good to maintain readership by keeping the blog current. Yet, I also want to keep this blog current too. What to do, what to do….

I obviously can’t post something like this on the other blog. It’s neither humourous, nor informative, it’s a comment on an internal dilemma, raging inside of me, which has no place there. *Sigh*

One of the reasons I created this blog was to try something different, try ideas which I might not otherwise think of doing – such as writing about the Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. The articles have been a bit shorter, which is also something new for me, but it’s going to be hard when I write something which I feel would be perfect for both sites, the recent Prince William article is an example of that. It would have fit on the other blog but I thought I’d put it here, mainly because of the royal prolific challenge.

The challenge has been, well, challenging, it hasn’t been easy, and I have a new admiration for people who can and do post on a daily basis, especially when it’s original material. I’m going to continue working on becoming more prolific, but where I’ll post those articles will be anybodys guess. 🙂

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