It was a bright, sunlit afternoon, but the whole thing was sort of a cross between a costume party ("Look at that hat! Wow! Where do you think she got that one?") and the Kentucky Derby, where big-hat watching is also a featured attraction.
The Queen shook hands as Prince Philip trailed along after her, his hands clasped behind him.
Did you ever see anyone but Prince Philip or Prince Charles walk with their hands clasped behind them?
It must be part of the training.
It was a nice afternoon, but I remember thinking later, aren't we lucky that the people who founded this country saved us from all that?
I mean, what if we had to pay for a royal family on top of our other financial problems?
So excuse me for not joining in all the celebrating when Prince William got engaged to his long-time girlfriend. I'm happy for the boy and the girl - they seem nice - but on my list of things that matter, the love life of British Royals falls somewhere between other people's golf scores and the recipe for airline food.
I love the British people, but for the life of me I'll never understand why they keep these people on the payroll.