A year after Diana's death, Queen Elizabeth will not entertain Charles's longtime soul-mate and mistress, the divorced Camilla Parker-Bowles, refusing to attend his fiftieth birthday party because of her presence. For once public opinion is with the Queen and Camilla is demonized in the press but Charles's spin-doctor Mark Bolland engineers a situation which demonstrates the couple's oneness and they are gradually accepted by the Establishment and, significantly, Charles's sons. By necessity, the Queen starts to unbend and learn to move with the times, attending the couple's wedding reception. Written by
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[Ronald Allison, the Queen's former press secretary, is talking about the Queen's response to newspaper headlines such as "Your people are suffering. Speak to us, Ma'am" in the days following Princess Diana's death
The Monarchy doesn't just have to be there, it has to be *seen* to be there. It has to be shown to be doing something worthwhile. And it has to, at times, explain itself.