Nell: Too much?
Me: Well, it might be.
Nell: I told The Cat it was more of an evening tiara.
Me: It is a little formal. In fact it’s almost a crown, to be honest.
Nell: One doesn’t want to upstage The Queen.
Me: Not really. She might not be wearing a hat at all.
Nell: Not inside, perhaps, but I’m sure she will wear one later when we tour the stables and I introduce her to the larger animals.
Me: Won’t they be joining you for tea?
Nell: Due to the excessive and diverse number of guests, some will dine outside.
Me: But they’ve got boots and name badges.
Nell: Buckingham Palace isn’t designed for alpacas, reindeer and moose. David suggested a second tea and this was accepted.
Me: A second tea?
Nell: I think most of us will manage another scone and some cake.
Me: Dave certainly will.
Nell: Why are you wearing a hat?
Me: You said hats must be worn by everyone. Frankie is wearing one.
Nell: Of course he is. Frank will be meeting The Queen.
Me: What about me?
Nell: You know this is a strictly animals only visit.
Me: I just thought as I’m driving the minibus I might say a quick hello.
Nell: Do you think the Prime Minister’s chauffeur joins him when he visits The Queen for a quick hello?
Me: I suppose not.
Nell: I’m afraid my paws are tied. But you can join in the second tea if you promise to be discreet.
Me: I can?
Nell: A simple curtsey, or bow, will suffice when The Queen walks by.
Nell: Don’t forget your notebook and pen. This is a visit that needs recording. And no hugging. I know what you’re like when you’re excited.
Me: Yes. Sorry.