The queen and Philip embark on a six month Commonwealth tour which he dismisses as an absurd pantomime given that many of the countries desire independence, later accusing her of trying to live up to her father's image and persisting in his view that the itinerary is exhausting her. In her absence Margaret takes on many public appearances in the hopes that it will take her mind off Townsend but they still keep in touch. Furthermore she writes her own speeches, revelling in the publicity and hoping it will win popular support for herself and her lover. Churchill is disapproving and Elizabeth rebukes her on her return, accusing her of showing individuality, anathema to a royal's public image. Meanwhile the queen mother, dismayed at having to withdraw from the spotlight, buys the Castle of Mey in Scotland.
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Did You Know?
During the Queen's speech in Bermuda there is a Guard of Honour lining the rear of the podium. The Guard of Honour are equipped with Lee Enfield rifles which they are all holding back to front in a mimicry of a 'Present Arms'. The weapon would normally be moved from the 'Slope Arms' on the left shoulder to the 'Present' as a form of salute to the Sovereign. Holding the rifles in the position shown would be uncomfortable to balance and difficult therefore to move in the proscribed manner defined in the Drill Manual.
The Guard would also not hold that position during the speech. They would return to the 'Slope Arms' and hold at 'Attention'. See more
Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
20 years ago, Britain had influence and control over one-fifth of the world's population. You look where we are now in India, Pakistan, South Africa, Iraq, Jordan, Burma, Ceylon: all independent. But nobody wants to face it or deal with it, so... they send us out on the Commonwealth roadshow. Like giving a lick of paint to a rusty old banger to make everyone think it's all still fine. But it's not. The rust has eaten away at the engine and the structure. The banger is falling apart. But no one ...