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Cutty Sark

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Tomorrow HM The Queen re-opens the Cutty Sark at Greenwich. I wonder if she will get it right this time?

I watched the original opening in the dry dock at Greenwich when it was televised. HM stepped forward to the mike and said "I now declare the Sutty Cark open"

A gentleman behind her stepped forward and whispered something in her ear.

She didn't bat an eye or show any sort of recognition of the mistake. She simply said "I now declare the Cutty Sark open" A fantastic show of composure. I also wonder if she will remember it?

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I think "composure" is her middle name! I'm sure she will remember - I think she is an amazing person - she so often has a twinkle in her eye and she works incredibly hard despite what her detractors say!

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Great ship. Went there on a school trip in 1961, tripped over on the top deck and hit my head. Didn't remember much else of the day, and haven't got over it yet. Will have to arrange a trip to the smoke to have a better look round her.

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