Bring your Granny to work day

April 1, 2011

With a month to go before the big day the British media is revving up its engine and increasing the output of wedding related stories. The head chef and household staff at Buckingham house have been filmed preparing food and readying carriages and companies making souvenirs ranging from plates and mugs to beer and sweets have been splashed across the evening news and morning papers.

Britain's Prince William smiles after showing his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, around a Sea King search and rescue helicopter, during a visit to RAF Valley, in north Wales, April 1, 2011.   REUTERS/Phil Noble

In a recent interview given by the Prince he admitted to feeling a bit nervous ahead of the big day and even suffered from a mild bout of ‘knee-knocking’ at a recent wedding rehearsal.

Perhaps it was for this reason that his grandmother decided to ‘pop in’ and see how he was settling in to his new job as a search and rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force based on the North Wales island of Anglesey.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth (R) is shown around a Sea King search and rescue helicopter by her grandson Prince William during a visit to RAF Valley, in north Wales, April 1, 2011.  REUTERS/Phil Noble

The blue skies and bright sunshine evidenced a few weeks earlier when William and his fiancee had named a lifeboat nearby had been replaced by slate grey skies and strong winds for the visit of the Queen to RAF Valley. As the monarch arrived the 40-50 mph gusts nearly gave the Prince his first rescue of the day as she struggled to hold on to her hat.

Combination picture of Britain's Queen Elizabeth arriving on a windy day to visit her grandson, Prince William, at RAF Valley, in north Wales April 1, 2011.  REUTERS/Phil Noble

Britain's Queen Elizabeth talks with her grandson Prince William after being shown around a Sea King search and rescue helicopter during a visit to RAF Valley, in north Wales, April 1, 2011. REUTERS/Phil Noble  With smiles and a warm kiss the Prince greeted his grandmother and gave her a whistlestop tour of his Sea King helicopter and brought her up to date with his life as part of a Search and rescue crew he has dubbed his ‘family in the sky’.

After a brief chat and plenty more smiles they said farewell and returned to more normal duties.

Funnily enough I could never see my grandmother dropping into the Reuters bureau to be given a tour of my company car. I’d have to give it a bit of a clean first that’s for sure.

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