She was a stoic and stable force...

I think the Queen was the first "celebrity" I'd seen, (if you don't count Tommy Trinder at the Liverpool Empire when my twin and I " failed to return" the red balcony binoculars.) It must have been 1971. She was in Liverpool. Our school lined the streets, waiting for her black Rolls to pass. In a world of Ford Anglias, that was a sight in itself back then. She waved, with a twist of the wrist. We waved our little flags back at her and cheered. She was wearing orange. I have a very strong image in my mind of that moment...