The Anonymous Widower

The Queen Was Well-Briefed

Lord Lloyd-Webber has just said this on the BBC. But he has not been the first, in the last few days.

Some years ago, I had lunch with a Hewlett-Packard engineer, who had done some work in Buckingham Palace.

It was probably in the mid-1980s, as the lunch was just after the Queen and Prince Philip had visited San Francisco in 1983, which is reported in this article on NBC.

He told a fascinating tale about how the Queen was well-briefed.

In those days, there was a detailed card index of everybody she had ever met.

So say, she was going to meet the Mayor of Norwich, her staff might brief her with the knowledge that they had met in 1975, when his father had been the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk.

The purpose, was so that the Queen could start a conversation, with an appropriate topic.


September 10, 2022 - Posted by | Computing, World | ,


  1. There is lots of that – if a foreign head of state, dignitary or ambassador visits the Palace, previous gifts from the country concerned a placed in prominent positions where the honoured guest will see them.

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | September 10, 2022 | Reply

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      Comment by R. Mark Clayton | September 10, 2022 | Reply

  2. […] The Queen Was Well-Briefed, I mentioned a lunch with a Hewlett-Packard engineer and that he had done some work in Buckingham […]

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  3. I’ve heard that before. I suspect many of us, do the same with gifts from mothers and mothers-in-law.

    Comment by AnonW | September 10, 2022 | Reply

  4. This is good practice for anyone in the public eye, and it’s always very impressive when you see the tactic in action. Sir Herbert Walker of the (old) Southern Railway used it to good effect. When visiting some out of the way spot such as a minor station or a signal box undergoing an upgrade, he took the trouble to find out the names of the staff members there, the times of the trains when they’d be visiting and so on. It made the ‘big boss’ something of a legend among the SR’s staff. It’s all predicated upon recognition that everyone in, or interacting with, an organisation (a company, a government, a monarchy etc) has their value, is worthy of respect, has a story to tell and is worth listening to.

    Comment by Stephen Spark | September 10, 2022 | Reply

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