Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sharp Sue Toys with the Royals

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sharp Sue Toys with the Royals

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Byline: REBECCA TYRREL

Queen Camilla Sue Townsend (Penguin, [pounds sterling]18.99)

SUE TOWNSEND deals with the royal family by leaving each one with their dignity intact.

The characters she has so brilliantly drawn are not preposterous, but it is a preposterous and scarily feasible world in which they exist.

In Queen Camilla, the Windsors are harddoneby innocents, living in governmentimposed exile, and they are very funny that way. Little from their previous lives survives beyond the crown kept in a box in the Queen's attic and an unconditional love for their dogs - the linchpins in this new book.

Townsend said in a recent interview: "I feel sympathetic to the royals as people, but I can't stand the institution."

So while Prince Philip is now gaga in a nursing home staffed by surly youths working for a charity called Feed An Oldie, the Queen is told by his roommate, Harold Bunion: "I don't hold with the monarchy, but he is a human being. …

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