Friday, 28 January 2011

Uncommon talents

HRH The Princess Margaret
photographed by Cecil Beaton on her 21st birthday


"PM spoke of the Royal Family with expectable reverence not unmixed with humour and the occasional surrealist note: "The Queen is uncommonly talented in ways that you might not suspect," she proclaimed. Suspecting nothing, I asked, "In what way?" "Well, she can put on a very heavy tiara while hurrying down a flight of stairs with no mirror." - extract from Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir by Gore Vidal





Now playing: The Smiths -  There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

5 comments:

columnist said...

This particular talent of the Queen's may now have eluded her, if one recalls the spat with Annie Liebovitz, and the "dressy crown". But I must say, as I have aged, I too find putting on a tiara a much more complicated procedure than when I was young and carefree.

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

What a talent! xx

tdclassicist said...

It is too easy to forget that a twenty-something Princess Margaret was beautiful. __ The Devoted Classicist

Daniel-Halifax said...

my go-to karaoke song!

normadesmond said...

yes, pretty and second.
look where it gets you.