This past couple of days I have been ill with the worst cold/flu that I have ever had. I can't remember being this sick for ages. All I could do was sleep, and I had the strangest, feverish, delirium dreams. In one of my dreams, Queen Elizabeth was visiting me, and she asked if I had a Boots catalogue. Boots is a pharmaceutical chain in the United Kingdom. Anyway, for whatever reason, the Queen wanted their catalogue.
"You don't need their catalogue Ma'am, all you need is to go online and you can buy anything you want off the Internet... Here, let me show you."
And I proceeded to set up a computer and to show the Queen how to use it. She was amazed. In real life, I would imagine the Queen not only knows how to use a computer, but in fact uses it on a daily basis, especially to e-mail the various members of her large family. But dreams are not within the realm of reality, are they? Anyway, it's always fun to spend time with the Queen. She's actually quite a character, once you get to know her.
Today is the 13th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, when the Mercedes in which she was riding slammed into the 13th pillar in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris. And no, I don't believe in conspiracy theories. I think Diana's death was the sad ending to a sad life, an unfortunate accident when an inexperienced driver was speeding through a tunnel, driving a powerful car he was not experienced enough to handle. If Diana had been wearing a seat belt, she would have survived. She had been hounded by the paparazzi, but it had become almost a symbiotic relationship. She knew they kept her in the public eye. She loved being the most photographed woman in the world, and often tipped them off when she was going out.
Princess Diana would be 49 years old now if she were alive. What might her life have been like if she had lived and stayed married to Prince Charles? When Diana married him, everyone thought she had caught the brass ring, but really her life would have been simply that of a Lady in Waiting ... waiting to become Queen. If the Queen lives for another 20 years, which she could possibly do, given the longevity of her mother, Diana would be 69 years old when her husband ascended the throne. The Queen will not abdicate, nor will she skip over Charles and "appoint" Prince William as her heir. She considers herself annointed by God, and as Prince of Wales, Charles is annointed by God as well. Perhaps once the Queen passes on, the Monarchy will become irrelevant, but somehow I think they will be around for a while.
At least now -- thanks to me -- the Queen knows how to use a computer.