Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are canceling a state visit that had been planned for next month. The location of the visit has not been disclosed. The palace says the cancellation is due to other commitments, including April’s G20 summit in London.
The undisclosed location was, I thought, to be Ireland. Not Northern Ireland, but the Republic of Ireland. This is simply rumor, so don’t quote me.
This cancellation follows several others made by Prince Philip, who has not been well lately. I believe that he’s torn a back muscle. That’s a pretty good reason to stay home. You know what people expect of the monarchy, though: their arms could fall off, and the public would still expect them to carry on. It’s that stiff upper-lip reputation!
Member of the public: Ma’am, your arm’s come off.
Queen: Yes, yes, not to worry. It’s merely a trifle.
M.o.P.: Does it hurt?
Q: It could, but it’s simply a case of mind over matter.
M.o.P.: Well then, here’s a bouquet.
Q: Thank you! Lovely!