In our opinion, she should never have married the dark wizard. I know people say he only turned to the dark side after she abandoned him but he could have chosen a different path. He could have shown her up by behaving honourably and serving the realm in a way she was not. I conclude the roots of evil were there in that wizard and all my great-grandmother did was hasten the day when that evil took hold. I select this one as the Witch had a child by that wizard, the Chief Witch I had to eliminate to protect this blessed realm. I often regret her birth! I doubt if I am the only one in this Kingdom to think that.
Was Eileen right in her assessment of the Witch in that had the latter been treated decently the crone’s rebellion may never have happened?
I cannot rule that possibility out but I honestly believe Eileen is wrong. Everyone knows Eileen and the Witch were close as children, thanks to nearness in age and shared hobbies, so if anyone was going to think the best of the Witch, it would be Eileen. Anyone can have that judgement clouded, including my cousin and heir. The Witch, being so resentful as to what Gwendolyn did (and I do understand that), would have realized she had a claim on the fairy throne and would have pursued it. Being “ill-treated” was merely an excuse.
You ascended the throne in dreadful circumstances. Was there any hint of revenge when you killed the Witch given her mother set up your mother’s assassination?
We have always tried to act justly, regardless of what Eileen or other troublemakers might claim. We had had ample opportunity to “bump off” the Witch and did not do so. We killed her in combat. Yes we know you will say Eileen set up Brankaresh and the Witch knowing both would meet their fate at our hands but remember that unscrupulous pair would have had no hesitation in killing us and unpleasantly at that. We do regret the Witch’s killing a little for Eileen’s sake given they were close as children. The Witch was a fool. She should have listened to Eileen urging her not to go for the throne. We can only hope others will be deterred from rebellion by our tough stance.
There have been rumours there is a direct link between the Palace and FNN and that news items have been broadcast without the Council’s prior knowledge. Is there truth to these rumours?
There are always troublemakers stirring up problems for Heads of State. Yes, we have given information directly to FNN, mainly to save time and on issues where there is no controversy. Indeed on occasion the Council have been grateful to us for speeding the process up and sparing them having to sit through drafting a statement when we can do so alone and issue it without there being any consequences. We would not do anything deliberately to endanger our Kingdom, our Council, our people or ourselves and beyond that we will say no more on this topic.
How do you cope with the enormous amount of paperwork you receive from the Council and general public?
We accept we are never going to clear it all in any one day and work our way through it in several sessions throughout the day. We find having three sessions of an hour at a time per day is better for our concentration than having one three hours session in one go. Our Council inform us of priorities when it comes to signing things into law and naturally we follow those. Else we work through from oldest document received downwards. A team of my ladies in waiting help prepare draft replies to those from the public who write in to us and we give the nod to those. Our ladies then prepare them, we read them through and sign them. We try to reply to as many youngsters as possible directly as well.
Everyone knows you love gardening and that you have own special patch in the Palace grounds that only you look after but what is it about gardening that you love and how much time do you get to enjoy this hobby?
It is a combination of enjoying the fresh air, the wonders of flora and fauna and enjoying planting something and later seeing that plant grow. We think this is magical in itself. We are most at peace in our garden (other than when in our bedroom when we are asleep!). We do not have nearly as much time as we would like to garden but we try to ensure that we have at least one hour per day. Yes, we do work very long days to try to get all that we need to do/want to do in during the course of 24 hours.