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Does Her Majesty glow in the dark?

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25.01.2020

Although I usually deplore journalists' uses of clichés (and avoid them like the plague in composing my own critically-acclaimed, thought-provoking, award-winning, farm-fresh journalism) I have just pricked up my ears appreciatively at hearing an ABC radio journalist report seeing Her Majesty the Queen looking "radiant".

In recent days the ABC's UK correspondent was for some days been encamped at the ornate gates of the Queen's country estate (the size of Belgium) at Sandringham in England's remote county of Norfolk. The Queen and other royals had been meeting at Sandringham to decide what to do about one wit has called Harry and Meghan's "pseudo-abdication".

The Queen is a lot of things. Radiant is not one of them. Picture: Shutterstock

And so last Monday morning, Canberra time, the ABC's correspondent was able to report, reverently, that "the Queen looked radiant and relaxed" as she, Her Majesty, shimmered into public view at her Sandringham estate.

Description of the Queen as "radiant" is a cliché of royal reporting but it is a dear old cliché with a kind of dated charm. It is a heritage cliché, and needs fond looking after, careful conservation, and, like a vintage steam railway engine, an occasional working display.

To digress for just a moment, and speaking of clichés, it disappoints that journalists only ever report hailstones as resembling "golf balls". Hailstones,........

© Canberra Times