Welcome to iN’s society column, ‘Girl About Town’ where socialite Caroline Polledri gives her own hilarious take on being out and about in Essex and beyond.
The Queen & I!
You don’t have to be a royalist to get excited about the Queens Diamond Jubilee, what’s not to love? An impromptu bank holiday, street parties galore and a free concert in Hyde Park! And even if you’re totally disinterested in HRH herself, you have to admire a woman with so much supremacy she’s allowed to celebrate 60 years in the same job, with one massive party and then lots of little parties off the back of it! And instead of inviting just the closest people to her – she’s invited us.
And we don’t even work with her!
The Queen came to the throne on 6 February 1952; her coronation didn’t take place until 2 June 1953. I like to think that it was The Queens ‘probation period’, something we’re all familiar with when starting a new job. It’s worrying to think that should Elizabeth not have passed her trial, she wouldn’t be reigning today. It’s equally as worrying that her probation period lasted so long! Usually it’s a 3 month thing but HRH’s was over a year. What did The Queen do to warrant such a hefty trial? Turn up late on more than one occasion? Pull a sicky? Missed a deadline? I’d love to know and in fact if I was to meet her, that would quite possible be one of the questions I’d ask (well that and whether or not she had a spare room to rent!).
In my strange mind that circumnavigates the globe that is my head, I often think of questions that I would ask people should I ever get the chance to meet them. And it’s not even really good/interesting people. When people ask me, ‘if you could have any celebrity dinner guests, dead or alive who would they be?’ – I keep quiet. Listing a couple of people from Made In Chelsea, Neil Buchannan and Adam Richardson (Man Vs Food), leaves you wide open for judgment. After all, these aren’t interesting historians or pioneers – well maybe Adam is.
Unlike me, Gary Barlow was in a position to meet The Queen and, like I would have done, he prepared all the answers meticulously to questions that HRH may have asked him. Gary Barlow himself is the one organising the star-studded show that will take place outside the 86-year-old monarch's Buckingham Place residence, on 4th June.
Gary said ‘Your Majesty, this is what the concert is going to look like, it's going to be incredible. This is where it's going to be, in front of the palace'. She turned to him and said, ‘So, all that equipment, how long is it going to take to dismantle it? Only our bedrooms are at the front of the house and we don’t want a late night’
If that doesn’t prove how normal The Queen is - I don’t know what does! Congratulations HRH!