Putting the 'Royal' into the Royal Academy

February 15 2018

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Picture: Royal Collection

I didn't know that every two years, the leadership of the Royal Academy goes to visit the Queen, to tell her about the health of the RA. On his blog, Charles Saumarez Smith almost tells us what happened:

We were after the new Peruvian and Italian ambassadors had presented their credentials (I was accidentally mistaken for the Italian ambassador even though she is a woman).   For us, the equerry was allowed to take off his sword and medals.   I know that I am not allowed to report on what was said, only that the Queen has a great number of paperweights on her desk.

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