There's good publicity and bad publicity and the BBC, are oh so impartial public service broadcaster, seems to be the master of turning the bad to the good. The the tail end of last week the Duke of Edinburgh was responsible for a collision with a car carrying two of his wife's subjects and a nine-month-old baby. This news naturally placed the Windsors in a rather poor light, as questions were raised about whether it was right for the 97 year old Prince Philip to still be driving...and certainly not without wearing a seat belt!
The start of this week saw the BBC news deliver a fluff piece about two infant Chinese twins who, having watched an episode of Peppa Pig in which the porcine heroine meets the Queen, made a video requesting to meet the Queen themselves. The British Ambassador in China, keen to restore some good faith in the Windsors, were quick to extend an invite to the two girls at the British Embassy and the BBC spun the whole thing as proof that 'Brand Britain' is a winner overseas.
It all reminded me of this classic Housemartins song from 1987, in particular the line "And even when their kids were starving, they all thought the Queen was charming" A nine month old baby could have died because of the cavalier attitudes of an infirm nonagenerian. But it's OK, cos he's royalty and we all love royalty don't we?