With her tight lips pursed together and furrowed brow and clenched jaw, there was no question that her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was very angry about something the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics.
No doubt it had something to do with her entrance into the Olympic stadium. The Queen is a woman who is all about protocol and pomp and circumstance. She has taken her Queenly duties and her Queenly image very seriously for the past six decades. She is not used to being laughed at or being the brunt of a joke or even used to making fun of herself. She is used to taking herself and her position very seriously.
But on opening night of the Olympics, she was reduced to not following protocol in terms of how a Queen enters an room or an arena. For the first time people were laughing at her entrance and she let it be known that she was not
amused at all.
Apparently she or her handlers agreed to having film shot of her with James Bond actor Daniel Craig at the Royal Palace. She may have thought that all she had to so was walk down the hallway followed by Daniel Craig and her precious Corgis and that would be the end of it.
There is no doubt that someone did not inform her that a likeness of her would be seated in a helicopter next to actor Daniel Craig.
And that the likeness would be a man
leaving the helicopter she was in with Daniel Craig and
parachuting into the stadium, only
for her- The real Queen, to make an entrance into the Royal Box at the Olympic Stadium and to only hear the French language as she arrived. This was England and she needed to be be hearing English not French , even though French is supposedly the official language of the Olympics.
The parachute stunt clearly did not amuse the 86 year old at all, who had a dour expression the rest of the evening. In essence she clearly felt that her dignity was insulted.
Then she had to endure watching nurses on hospital beds with sick children which was to depict Health Care int he UK. She was not amused. In fact, she was angry at had to keep it all in and contain herself as any Royal has been taught to do.
Her eyes had a steely gaze and her lips were pursed as she continued to hold back her anger. When the athletes from the UK marched past her, she couldn’t even crack a smile
The Queen was in her own thoughts- thoughts of feeling anger and humiliation. She even resorted to picking at her fingernails and focusing on them as a means of self soothing. She was clearly upset and could not focus on anything else so she picked her nails as a means of comforting herself.
No doubt she must have felt like sticking her finger nails into the organizer Danny Boyle, producer of Slumdog Millionaire, and whomever else came up with the lame brained plan of her entrance into the stadium. In another century no doubt he and the others who were responsible for this would have been sent to The Tower of London to be tortured.
But in this century it was the Queen who was tortured by having to watch an Opening Ceremony that many UK observers believed had a political slant to it.
This is a Queen who represents the values and style of her ancient ancestors. Things are done in a proper way and form and there is no room for digression or humor in her role as Queen. That is in stark contrast to Prince William who would probably have parachuted into the stadium himself and who doesn’t seem to take himself seriously, thanks to the upbringing by his late mother Diana.
But the Queen is of a different era and her sensitivities were clearly not considered. There is no doubt that she felt like a buffoon with billions of people around the world looking on. Thus one can understand why she wasn’t amused and couldn’t shake her feelings of anger humiliation which she endured throughout the entire evening,
No doubt she probably wanted to leave but felt that it was her Queenly obligation to stay and suffer through it all.