英国 Queen Mother 教你写一封好信

春假时,和 施乐遥 一家人出游。

在 Hinton Ampner 这有钱人的庄园闲晃,有深厚文学底蕴的施女士,赏园林,谈建筑,从小小的器物里细数人生的沧桑变化。

英国有很多这种封建时代贵族的庄园,都送给了 Naitonal Trust 管理。

这个庄园里,花花草草对我如浮云,但有件东西我最感兴趣,那就是英女王的母亲 Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother 亲笔写的一封信。

The Queen Mother
The Queen Mother (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother,2002 年逝世,英国人尊称她为 The Queen Mother  (伊莉莎白王太后)。

话说,1972 年 6 月中,Queen Mother  可能是在 Hampshire 一带出席盛会,忙里偷闲,想到园林去走走。于是,她以平民身份,没有任何特殊安排,走访了 Hinton Ampner ,把大家吓了一跳。

H.M. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit ...
H.M. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit the Canadian Pavilion at the World’s Fair . (New York City, United States). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

回到伦敦一星期后,Queen Mother 亲自动笔,写了一封致谢函。内容如下:

英国 Queen Mother 的亲笔信,亲切动人

“Dear Mr Dutton,

It was such a delightful and unexpected pleasure to pay you a visit last week, and I greatly enjoyed seeing the lovely garden, and your beautiful house so full of treasures.

One does not often see a garden so well placed, with sudden exquisite views to thrill one, and my own garden looked a positive jungle  after your great walks and splendid  (clumps?) of shrubs of roses!

With my warmest thanks to your kindness and hospitality,

I am yours very sincerely Elizabeth R

Statue of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, i...
Statue of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, in The Mall Unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on 24 February 2009, the statue, by Philip Jackson, stands in front of that of her father, King George VI. To each side of the statue there are relief panels depicting scenes from the Queen Mother’s life, one of which is here:1371516. The £2m cost of the project was met by the sale of commemorative coins for the Queen’s 80th birthday. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

这封信读起来真舒畅,简短又温馨 (“我的院子和你的园林比起来,简直就是个  jungle (混乱的丛林)啊”)

这封信的签名,是 Elizabeth R (伊丽莎白 R)--为什么呢?

Elizabeth R 就是 Queen Elizabeth (伊丽莎白女王)的意思。R 是头衔. R 是拉丁国王或女王的缩写(abbreviation). Rex (King 国王); Regina (Queen 女王).

Queen Mother 曾经是女王,虽然她的女儿后来成了英女王,她自己则成了 Queen Mother, 但 Queen Mother  仍然可以在签名时用上 ‘女王’ 的头衔。

HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother wearing th...
HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother wearing the Queen Anne and Queen Caroline pearls. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Janet Williams 張玉雲

I am Janet Williams, an academic living in the southeast of England. I blog about culture, history, languages and my community. I created Chandler's Ford Today. During my spare time, I make Origami. Thank you for stopping by.

4 thoughts on “英国 Queen Mother 教你写一封好信”

    1. 过奖过奖!图片有功!刚发现现在 WordPress 上提供了Wikipedia 链接,方便多了。 这个技巧我再补充。

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