ROYAL OCCASIONS [cover title]. Manuscript notebook, meticulously recording the Royals appearing in Public. August 1959 - July 1970.
Small 8vo. Cloth covered flexible boards, typed label on front cover; pp.  of ruled paper, densely filled in a highly legible hand and blue ink; well-preserved.
According to the label, this is already Book 4, written probably by a woman, obsessed with the Queen's outings, meticulously noting what she was wearing, as perceived through the media, tabloids, radio, television, which towards the end of the documents was in colour. In a strange way, this notebook is an extraordinary example of the far reaching power of the media. On each day that the author chose to record events, all of the movements of the relevant family members are recorded precisely. What is even more astonishing, is that most of the Royal Occasions covered within the scope of the notes took place abroad, which means that the author would have been working with very limited information. For example, on a state visit to Brazil, the royals are recorded to have 'stopped unofficially' for Sunday service mid journey, one of many such details likely to have been omitted from any official documentation of the visit. This comprehensive style of notation does, however, conjure some particularly amusing images, such as Princess Anne wearing a 'traditional bush style hat' or the Queen battling a particularly belligerent blowfly infestation.
Admittedly, the thoroughness of the notebook, and the implication that there existed at least three more volumes, is more than a little sinister. Given the lack of other distinguishing features of the book, and the heavy reliance on household media, it is likely to have belonged to a very enthusiatic supporter as opposed to anyone who worked with the royals in a professional capacity. Fortunately, behaviour that might result in a restraining order if directed at anyone else is considered acceptable if directed at celebrity or royalty.