Some mushy peas in my handbag, please!
Okay staff, you’re aware of our public relations challenge.
We want to soften Queen Elizabeth’s image as a mega-rich monarch with lots of castles and jewels, and make her appear to be more like, you know, your average grandma.
We’re kicking it off today by having her take a normal train ride someplace, just like anybody else would do.
The queen will get on, sit with the little people, maybe drink some tea from a Styrofoam cup and have a baked bean sandwich or some Marmite or bangers and mushy peas. Lonnie, she knows to act like she enjoys that crap, right? Don’t forget her clean plastic fork.
And the photographers get to record it all. They’ll eat it up.
Lonnie, is everything all set? You’ve planned every detail? The photos have GOT to look like she’s just simple folk, or heads will roll.
Remember, there can be NOTHING to indicate she’s special. Our careers depend on this, Lonnie!
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth boards a scheduled train at the Kings Cross station in London to go to Kings Lynn in Norfolk, December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Rousseau/Pool
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth waits for a scheduled train to depart. REUTERS/Stefan Rousseau/Pool