While the Queen has always been one for royal protocol, it was touching to hear that she reportedly left an official dinner marking the Opening of Parliament this week to meet one of her footmen.
The footman, Fraser Marlton-Thomas, had tragically lost his brother, who had been serving in the war in Afghanistan.
Though the Queen is often seen as distanced from everyday life, it’s moments like these that remind us of her humanity, diplomacy, and compassion. It also goes to show the loyalty she inspires - the footman chose to continue with his Opening of Parliament duties, even though the Queen urged him to take time off.
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cornwall was also showing her compassionate side this week at Sir John Mortimer’s memorial service.
Despite the sombre occasions, I couldn’t help but notice the sartorial splendour of these two royals. The Queen looked like a fantasy snow queen in her white shimmer and silver sparkles, while Camilla was chic in a black fitted suit with a magnificent headpiece.
On a similar note, proof of Princess Letizia’s style was evident in her elegant barefoot walk down the Indian green carpet in honour of Mahatma Gandhi. Although the camera was too far away to capture the details, I’ll bet the Spanish royal’s feet were as perfectly presented as the rest of her (as opposed to the cracked heel, chipped nail polish look I see at the end of my own feet!).
I wonder if she and Jordan’s Queen Rania were separated at birth? They certainly share uncannily similar looks, elegance and flair…
PS I’m keeping a copy of Michelle Obama’s words of advice on pairing up to give to my girls when they grow up. I couldn’t have said it better. Actually, I’ll keep a copy for myself!