Dropping the Anchor
by Steve Payne
says: what if the Royal Family found happiness living in a progressive
British Republican State? Please note that the opinions expressed in this
satirical post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
September 23rd 1955,
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on the second night of Independent Television
(ITV), twenty-nine year old Lizzie Windsor became the first female reader
on prime-time television news.
Immaculately groomed, radiant, impeccably mild mannered and devoid of the
merest hint of a regional accent, she defined a posh generational model
for presenters and correspondents of British terrestrial news channels.
But as modern Britain began to celebrate diversity, the "English Rose"
model was increasingly recognised as an anachronism, and by the time the
platinum blonde Maggie Thatcher retired from News at Ten
was inevitable. Her replacement Robert Mugabe, was a graduate of
University College London who had first begun broadcasting in Southern
Rhodesia. And in a further development step, the happy-go-lucky former
Blue Peter presenter Diana Spencer moved newsreading to breakfast
By the time Mugabe was honoured for his services to journalism, the wheels
had begun to fall off Windsor's own aspirational life style. Two of her
sons separated, her daughter divorced, and a severe fire had destroyed
part of her palatial residence in Essex. She famously described 1992 as
her annus horribilis
, meaning horrible year although she later
recovered some private joy as the owner of Norwich Football Club.
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