Viscountess Boudica’s St George’s Day
Happy St George’s Day!
I was a little surprised when the Viscountess Boudica summoned me over to Bethnal Green to show off her new St George’s Day outfit. Refashioned from a pair of old curtains, it is adorned with images of that controversial English country pastime of fox-hunting. Her choice of design only made sense to me when the Viscountess admitted that, in this particular scenario, she identifies with the fox. Similarly in the myth of St George & the Dragon, it is the dragon which wins Boudica’s sympathy. Thus Boudica’s patriotism is of a distinctive nature, identifying with those who discover themselves at the rough end of our national culture.
For the past week, the Viscountess has been at work to adorn her tiny flat with a forest of flags, rosettes and fairy lights in white and red, creating an irresistibly festive atmosphere to welcome all those who cross her threshold.
In one corner, a table is laid ready for a St George’s Day picnic. In another corner hangs a red flag with a dragon, commemorating Edward the Confessor, whom Boudica considers the last English monarch. Yet another corner harbours a shrine to Prince Harry, Boudica’s favourite among our current batch of royals. ‘He’s the only one that’s good-looking,’ she admitted to me, ‘the rest have all those teeth.’ Given Boudica’s affection for cuddly red foxes and her own flaming locks, I did wonder if there was some affinity for all things ginger at play.
No-one enters into the spirit of our festivals with such boundless creativity and joyous enthusiasm as the indefatigable Viscountess Boudica, embodying a genuine spirit of emotional generosity and selflessly delivering inspiration and entertainment to those in the East End and far beyond. God Bless Her Highness and Long May She Reign Over Bethnal Green!
Viscountess Boudica is a foxy lady
Viscountess Boudica’s creative paper cutting
Viscountess Boudica shows off her homemade patriotic pom-pom
Viscountess Boudica with St George & the Dragon
Prince Harry is the Viscountess’ favourite royal
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