This is a follow-up to what I wrote yesterday, sparked by an item in the British press. It's great news for fans of royalty and meaningless uniform decorations.
The Queen (that nice old lady with several homes in the United Kingdom, although less real estate than her predecessors) "awarded" her son (nepotism, anyone?), the Duke of York (whatever that means) "the insignia of a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian (the family firm) Order...before the two took tea together". How many weird elements can you find in that sentence?
For those that don't follow the English royal family (better than a soap opera with more scandals), which anyone reading a British newspaper cannot avoid, this is the prodigal son that hangs out with pedophiles and dictators. Of course, he shares a predilection for gaudy uniforms with the later. Wikileaks contained a rather flattering portrait of the man, as garnered from diplomatic cables.
Of course, this above award news is encouraging for the British economy. Such foolishness supports local uniform, medal, and sash makers, as well as providing new motifs for the dodgy and worthless souvenirs flogged throughout London
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.