THANK YOU, MA`AM...
I guess I must be mellowing in my old age. It was only a couple of days ago that I had something nice to say about Manchester United. Now I find myself having similar thoughts about the royal family. Well, the Queen anyway.
Once again over the years I have had the odd poke at the royals - the privileged lifestyle, the excesses, the fact that there are too many of them largely supported by the long suffering taxpayer and all that. I may have mentioned too that I was once invited to one of the Queen`s Garden Parties but declined gracefully on the basis that I really didn`t want to go.
But I have to say how encouraging and entirely fitting it was that Her Majesty took the time, trouble and effort (no small matter at her age) to travel to Manchester and visit the victims of the terror attack in hospital. I got the impression that it was something she wanted to do and her visit was a poignant demonstration of the country, at all levels, coming together in the face of such an outrage. Your Majesty - I salute you.
I must be careful. If my tendency towards mellowing continues, I might find something nice to say about the European Union....... even if it is `goodbye.`