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 | , | 5 Comments