This week my teaser lines come from the new biography of Queen Elizabeth II, Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch, by Sally Bedell Smith. It was an early reviewer book from Library Thing that got delayed, so even though it's been out a while I'm just getting to it. Looks interesting -- and as it's over 700 pages long, I'll likely be reading it all spring. This bit comes from page xvii of the Preface:
The routine of the Queen's life -- outlined a year ahead, mapped in detail six months in advance -- has been practical and reassuring. One of her friends, John Julius Cooper, the 2nd Viscount Norwich, jokingly said the secret of her equanimity might be "never having to look for a parking place."Don't you suppose the humongous fortune has something to do with it, too?
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