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[Queen Mary and Label Mabel Airlie notice that Bertie is taking an interest in Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
] Queen Mary
: I think my son is rather keen on the Strathmore girl. Lady Mabel Airlie
: I formed that impression too. Queen Mary
: We could do worse than marry Bertie to a member of the British aristocracy. I mean, *some* of them are quite respectable - yourself, for example. Lady Mabel Airlie
: Has it ever been done? Isn't royal blood supposed to be a unique asset? Surely she'd be the first commoner to marry into the royal family since, umm... Queen Mary
: Anne Boleyn. Lady Mabel Airlie
: Well, that didn't work out, did it? Queen Mary
: Well, my understanding is that until he had her beheaded, the whole thing was a resounding success.
: We've been advised in the country to pick up servicemen. We picked up an American. He was delightful, but I don't think that he knew who I was!
: I am English. From top to toe, from toe to top. I am English, from top to toe, from toe to top. I am English, from top to toe, from toe to top.
: Dearest Lilibet, I know how you loved your papa, my son. And I know you will be as devastated as I am by this loss. But you must put those sentiments to one side now, for duty calls. The grief for your father's death will be felt far and wide. Your people will need your strength and leadership. I have seen three great monarchies brought down through their failure to separate personal indulgences from duty. You must not allow yourself to make similar mistakes. And while you mourn your father, you must also mourn someone else. Elizabeth Mountbatten. For she has now been replaced ny another person, Elizabeth Regina. The two Elizabeths will frequently be in conflict with one another. The fact is, the crown must win. Must always win.
Queen Elizabeth II
: It doesn't feel right, as Head of State, to do nothing. Queen Mary
: It is exactly right. Queen Elizabeth II
: Is it? But surely doing nothing is no job at all? Queen Mary
: To do nothing is the hardest job of all. And it will take every ounce of energy that you have. To be impartial is not natural, not human. People will always want you to smile or agree or frown. And the minute you do, you will have declared a position. A point of view. And that is the one thing as sovereign that you are not entitled to do. The less you do, the less you say or agree or smile... Queen Elizabeth II
: Or think? Or feel? Or breathe? Or exist? Queen Mary
: The better.