Saturday, June 02, 2012

The Queen visits Flockburgh

Queen at FlockburghThis Jubilee weekend, it's a good time to remember some of HRH Queen Liz's less well know trips around her dominion.

Back in 1958 she spent a pleasant few days on the England/Scotland border in the little coastal town of Flockburgh. To make the visit extra special, Prince Phillip has been left at home lest he offend someone by singing all the verses of her Maj's theme tune in the bath.

Verse 4 was thought to be a particularly good one to avoid what with the lines:

Lord, grant that Marshal Wade,
May by thy mighty aid,
Victory bring.
May he sedition hush,
and like a torrent rush,
Rebellious Scots to crush,
God save the Queen.

probably not being the best thing to sing to a town half made up of men in skirts with thick red whiskers. Instead a courtier has been arranged to accompany her on a low-key visit to find out what the ordinary people get up to.

Sadly, this turned out to be unpleasant activities involving Haddock. Whilst the local advertising might claim that this makes it happy, HRH is less keen and awaits the fastest service back to the capital.

(Modelling note: This is HRH Queen Liz from the 1950's as realised by the German model manufacturer Preiser. The produce a range of famous figures and they do include Prince Phil although he is elsewhere on the station.)

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