Friday, February 18, 2011

Royalty and Queens

Anthony Armstrong Jones (1930 - ), photographer and the first Earl of Snowdon, was the husband of Queen Elizabeth’s sister Princess Margaret (1930 – 2002) between the years 1960 and 1978. He is widely believed to be bisexual.

When asked once at a party in New York about the Queen's health, Princess Margaret is said to have replied: "Which one? My sister, my mother or my husband?"

This brings to mind an anecdote about the Queen Mother, who was renowned for having a large proportion of gay men as members of staff. One evening on coming to the kitchen she reportedly found two of her courtiers in an embrace. She is supposed to have said “When you two old queens are finished, would one of you get this old queen a drink?”

And one final anecdote about queens and royalty…

Australian cinematographer Dean Semler, who won an Oscar for "Dances With Wolves," was one of the Hollywood fraternity invited to meet the Queen on her visit to the United States.

Semler's account was reported in the International Express and quoted by Chuck Conconi of the Washington Post:
"I said I was director of photography, to which she replied, 'Oh, how terribly interesting. Actually, I have a brother-in-law who is a photographer.'

"I replied, 'Oh, how terribly coincidental. I have a brother-in-law who's a queen.' She moved on without saying another word." 

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