The very last four days have proven our nation at its finest. It is been total of individuals from all walks of lifestyle celebrating the reign of our Queen. The place has been introduced alongside one another soon after a traumatic number of decades, and it has been fantastic to witness.

I am professional-monarchy but not unthinkingly so. If we have been to build a technique of federal government from scratch, no-a single in the twenty first century would generate a hereditary monarchy, but, as the indicating, goes, if it ain’t broke, really don’t resolve or fiddle with it. The monarchy has been incredibly resilient about the generations and men and women have been really quick to compose it off at a variety of factors in our history. Its skill to adapt and regenerate is second only to that of Doctor Who.

I genuinely do not believe any other nation on this earth could have pulled off the spectacle of the final 4 times. We do pomp properly, and let’s just rejoice in that. But it wasn’t all pomp. It was also in significant aspect community circumstance. Communities close to the country came with each other in a way they have not been equipped to for two yrs.


From the Trooping the Color, to provider of thanksgiving, to the Platinum Jubilee Occasion at the Palace, then to today’s amazing pageant, it reminded us of what this region is all about. It’s not about forelock-tugging, it’s not about bowing to the institution, it’s not about currently being far better than we should to be. Our region stands for some thing. It is a disgrace that several men and women seem to have neglected that in new times. We want to remind ourselves that individuals all over the earth have appeared up to this country as a beacon of steadiness, flexibility and democracy. That reputation has taken a bit of battering of late, and possibly this weekend can mark a little bit of a turning position.

John and I met The Queen about 20 many years in the past at a Buckingham Location reception for the ebook marketplace. There had been about 800 persons there so I did not think we would get to satisfy her, but John experienced other strategies. I reported we could possibly as very well go away but he reckoned if we positioned ourselves at a particular point in the area, she would have to go by in which we were. He was definitely right. I anticipated the dialogue to be a relatively strained, but not a bit of it! We talked about our bookshop Politico’s, and she was quite eager to know what I believed of a scandal that was taking place about the time with regards to the Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson. As we ended up talking to her, other individuals retained making an attempt to barge into the conversation but our sharp elbows prevented them! I think we bought about five minutes in the end, and extensively enjoyable it was much too!


The to start with royal I ever met was Princess Alexandra, who was on a walkabout when I was a pupil in Norwich. In 2001 we went to a British Forces Foundation fundraiser at Highgrove. We didn’t essentially meet up with Charles & Camilla, but I do don’t forget them laughing uproariously at some very off colour jokes designed by Ben Elton.

And then on Wednesday previous 7 days I interviewed Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, about her new historic novel HER Heart FOR A COMPASS. It was rather an job interview and we acquired on like a dwelling of fire. The interview will be unveiled on my Ebook Club podcast in a few of months.

Well accomplished to Kirsty Youthful. A amazing four times of broadcasting hosted fantastically, with heat, insight and humour. I am in awe. Also, no a person ever thinks about the persons at the rear of the scenes of functions like the Jubilee, who did all the scheduling, had the strategies, managed the logistics and put it all into action. Career well accomplished. Congratulations to everybody concerned.

And so, back again to typical politics on Monday. It claims to be pretty a 7 days.