Saturday, February 9, 2019

the keys to the kingdom

The 97-year-old consort of the Queen of England has voluntarily surrendered his driver's license after an accident a on Jan. 17. As another old fart, I would like to have been a fly on the wall when the discussion was held and the prince handed over the keys. How 'voluntary' was it?

Can you imagine what it might have been like if Donald Trump had a similar accident? His eyesight is fine because he says it is fine and besides, he's God.

I can't imagine the prince was entirely happy about yet another reminder that, royal or common, faculties tend to wane, control is lost and, hélas, the clock unwinds for gods and men alike.

PS. It appears he was not wearing a seat belt either. Us old farts know that feeling.

1 comment:

  1. Dealing with decline gracefull?

    If the Australian version of this story is correct, right after the accident the Prince was provided a new armored top of the line Land Rover. The implication is that the Prince will limit his future driving to the Royal Estates.

    Interestingly, the Australian article claims that the Kia that T-boned the armored Land Rover not only knocked over the Rover but sent the Rover somersaulting a few times. Nevertheless, the 97 year young Prince walked away from the accident a bit shaken with only minor injuries even though, supposedly, he wasn’t wearing his seat belt.