We enjoy meeting the people and touring the Kingdom. Our realm is, with a few sad exceptions, a beautiful place and we relish every opportunity to see more of it. We also enjoy bettering the Council and we are proud to say that now, unlike when we first came to the throne, they do treat me as far more than just a pretty face. My least favourite duty is a difficult one to answer as we enjoy a lot of the paperwork (writing replies to children’s letters particularly) but we must confess we do not enjoy it all. Indeed it has spurred us on our campaign to have laws and spells written in every day language rather than the archaic, which makes it so difficult to read.
How do you organize your day?
No two days are exactly the same but generally we tend to exercise our unicorns early in the morning before going in for our first paperwork session of the day. We then head the first Council session of the day too. We tend to go out late morning for engagements, where we usually have lunch and we often return to the Palace mid-afternoon where we have another paperwork session. This leads into a review of the day time with the Council. Evenings we use for going to concerts, visiting friends, hosting gala events and, perhaps as often as twice a month, we have a quiet evening which we spend reading for pleasure as opposed to business. After dinner, we review our diary for the following day, then relax and bed. We are on our feet or studying papers for most of our time.
You’ve described a typical working day when based at the Palace but how does your life work out when you have to be out and about?
A short engagement fits into my schedule as I’ve already mentioned but I do have to tour and so basically arrange a “base camp” at the noble homes of various friends, including the Council. This base camp becomes a kind of mini Palace and I follow my usual routine from there. If I’m staying at the home of a Council member, they will accompany me on the tour. Else L’Evallier sends a representative to join us. They then report back to the Council on how well, or otherwise, they think I’ve “performed”. Naturally FNN like to follow us around too!
Eileen has travelled widely amongst the cosmos. Now obviously you can’t just up and go but when you did have the chance to travel, while still a princess, you didn’t. Do you regret that?
Yes. Eileen, before she inexplicably fell out with us, always claimed travelling broadened the mind and that she picked up all sorts of useful methods of defending the weak. Goodness knows how wide her mind is by this stage! Still I will give her due. When she was willing to describe her adventures, she went into a great deal of detail about life on the planet concerned as well as about those villains she had to tackle to ensure our realm’s security. It is just such a pity she is nowhere near as helpful today.