|One feels there's something One's forgotten.......|
As Her Majesty stoically watched the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Saturday, that look of intense concentration on the Royal Face betrayed Her concern. How had She managed to overlook FB's claims? Normally She is quite good at remembering these little details. In all these years living in Palaces, She hasn't once set off on a Royal Progress without remembering to switch the Royal Gas off. FB has it on good authority that as soon as they got home, She tore a strip off the Lord High Admiral for not reminding her to check the list. Not even a chocolate HobNob could console Her.
She reminded herself that FB has many claims to recognition, mainly for services to tedium and irrelevance. He has shown exceptional bravery in the face of Royal Weddings. But he might also be commended for services to shouting at juniors or services to biscuit eating. These are after all no different to the activities that seem to have netted some minor entertainer called Bruce Forsyth a shiny knighthood.
So FB is confident that the New Year Honours will recognise his great service to the nation. A knot has been tied in the Royal Handkerchief. He expects to be granted a CB - not that common or garden Companion of the Order of the Bath thing - but a more prestigious order - the Can't Bat medal. He might also be a candidate for the CBE - Can't Bowl Either.