Thursday, August 27, 2020

Keeping up appearances

Conversation with my British niece a few years ago. I defended the monarchy as an institution but suggested the royals should be replaced by actors, and the queen when she’s needed played by the greatest British actress of the day.

H: What, Helen Mirren?
S: She’s a slut! You don’t want to fuck the queen! The other one.
H: Oh. Judi Dench.
S: Yeh.

I didn't think fast enough to suggest Ian McKellen.
Frears' movie had been out for years but I hadn't seen it.

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