Perhaps it’s the mid-30s-degree heat and humidity (gotta be at least 105 per cent) sizzling my brain here in Australia, but it seems the English royals are going all out to get down and dirty with us regular people.
First, there was Wills doing all that Aussie sporty stuff – table tennising, cricketing, barbecuing. Then we had Hazza doing the Haitian high-step at a fund-raising benefit.
Meanwhile, Charles and Camilla are whipping up a storm baking bread, sculpting Plasticine and doing a bit of chi kung down the local hall.
And then there’s Queen Elizabeth II at the train station. On her way to board a train. And not a special queenly type train, but a plain-old public train. Oh, all right, she booked the entire first-class section for her trip, but let’s not split hairs – it’s a public train. Yep, those royals are definitely up to something!
Looking fabulous in a cobalt blue coat, those dainty patent leather-clad feet tripping – as in Ginger Rogers/Fred Astaire tripping, rather than the “ouch, I grazed my knee” type – along the platform to catch an express from King’s Cross, QEII exudes the spirit of busy modern life.
Forget the Haitian high step and the billy barbecuing – boys, you have nothing on yo’ grandmother! At aged 83, I think she’s captured the modern royal/common touch connection in one fell swoop.
One last thing I can’t help wondering about: is it a coincidence that Queen E’s coat co-ordinates so well with the train? Or did she plan ahead for a pleasing colour combo? Guess we’ll never know!