- Posted April 21, 2012 by
District of Columbia
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
A week off school
I met the queen when I was a girl, in the late fifties. My father lived in Cornwall, UK and had formerly owned a country estate, Pencalenick and Penair (two large houses) near Truro. He sold it to the Duchy of Cornwall, now Prince Charles' estates, and before my father left Penair, where we lived, the queen was coming to Cornwall, and came to see her acquisition. Also my father was on the County Council and something of a well known figure. I was at boarding school in another part of England so got a whole week off for the visit, which was great, although it only lasted an hour or so. I remember having to have my hair permed, which I hated, having to wear an uncomfortable and smart dress, and having to learn to curtsey. I was surprised at how small the queen was, only slightly taller than me even though I was about ten at the time, and I remember she asked me where I went to school and whether I liked it. She was veryfriendly and put me at my ease, because I was very shy. She wore a smart navy blue suit and hat and was extremely elegant. In terms of Upstairs, Downstairs I am now very downstairs, but in those days was definitely upstairs and somehow the whole event did not seem so very strange, but was nevertheless a great honour and very memorable.