On Friday, 14 June, the Guardian reported that David Cameron had done the Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, the special favour of arranging for him to “visit the Queen” during his visit to London. The Guardian’s Mr Wintour was apparently unaware that as the head of one of the Queen’s many other governments, Mr Harper needs no help from Mr Cameron to pay a call on his head of state [see http://www.barder.com/3981]. My letter to the Guardian pointing this out has not been published.
Not to be outdone, an unsigned story in today’s Guardian (17 June), on page 5, reports that at the 2009 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad “The UK delegation was headed by the Queen, with Prince Philip also in attendance, along with Gordon Brown….”. No doubt the Canadian delegation was headed by the Queen of Canada, the Australian delegation by the Queen of Australia, and so forth, and the whole shebang was chaired by, er, the Head of the Commonwealth (i.e. the Queen).
The Queen could be forgiven for complaining that she’s expected to be everywhere at once.