Laughter best medicine for royalty too!

Now you'll be hard pushed to find anyone who takes a less active interest in the Royals than I do - friends from abroad who ask me to remind them of the name of our future King are disappointed when I struggle to remember William's name. Or Kate's, for that matter. So I thought I'd contradict that pattern of disinterest on Jubilee Holiday Monday and visit a local village hall that was showcasing little-known photographs of the Queen taken by Royal photographer Jayne Fincher - and see if I could find a human side to the bunch that would enable me to become more interested in them.
I found it. This picture is one of my favourites (but there are others!) And to put a bit of icing on the cake for me, the photographer - daughter of the late Fleet Street photographer Terry Fincher - who lives in the village (I was in Blackheath, Surrey) popped in for a while while I was there... so I pulled her aside and asked a few questions.
Apparently, the Queen has a great sense of humour: 'She's a real giggler. She absolutely loves it if during one of her official visits, something goes wrong. At times, she has trouble controlling her laughter.' Quite evidently our monarch knows a thing or two about what I call 'the power of play'!

My next The Power of Play (ing with Your Problems) workshop takes place June 30th in Guildford. Please book early as spaces limited.

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