Queen Elizabeth II visited a grocery store yesterday. There have been weddings less thoroughly documented than this 90-year-old woman’s weekday stroll through a Waitrose.
The photo op was part of a visit to Poundbury, Dorset, which is essentially a planned community designed along the traditionalist architectural lines under the authority and with the approval of Prince Charles. (It’s built on territory that’s part of his Duchy of Cornwall.) Elizabeth, Phillip, Charles and Camilla all ventured out out for the unveiling of a statue of the Queen Mother in the town’s Queen Mother Square, reported the Express. “At Charles’s insistence the buildings in the square have been named after his beloved late grandmother’s racehorses and her family’s ancestral titles as Earls of Strathmore,” the publication notes.
As part of the festivities, the crew trooped over to visit the local Waitrose, according to People.
“The plants, your majesty.”
Obviously the queen doesn’t do her own household shopping and hardly ever has, but this was not her first visit to a grocery store. As a matter of fact, she was on the cutting edge when, during her 1957 visit to the United States, she requested a special stop at a Maryland supermarket. Postwar Britain hadn’t yet seen the like.
TFW when you have no idea what else to tell the Queen about the bloody hot drinks counter.
Watch as she gazes upon the cheeses.
She probably gets cheese specially made to her specifications from her country estate, so maybe this refrigerated case is a novelty. Of course, she could also be thinking about how far her country has come since the grim days of postwar rationing.
Or perhaps she’s just realized the Brexit will complicate Britons’ ability to buy such a wide array of cheeses.
It doesn’t appear she bought anything—probably too flummoxed by the self-checkout process. Prince Harry (her favorite grandchild and nobody will convince me otherwise) will hopefully be able to reassure her that even digital natives are occasionally stymied by those infuriating machines.
She looked more at home with the food hampers.
Doesn’t appear Prince Phillip has much acquaintance with prepackaged cheeses, either. Do you suppose they went home and pondered packaged cheese for a good hour and a half?
“I can’t possibly thank Waitrose enough for their generous hospitality today,” said Prince Charles, via the Express.
Sorry to disappoint any aspiring princesses out there, but the simple fact of the matter is that being a working royal is mostly pretending interest in incredibly mundane things.