"I've just had the most wonderful news, and I wanted someone to squeal with!"
Now we all know Charlie Plunkett is the girl with the highest spirits, and leads an extra-ordinary life, as detailed in her "True Diaries". I imagine that everyday in the Plunkett household is packed with fun and laughter, but Charlie back tracked a little to explain why this day was Ultra-extra special:
Last month, the Duchess of Cambridge, who as we all know is expecting her first baby, revealed she was considering a "Hypnobirth". Charlie reasoned that her own experience of a Hypnobirth, as recounted in her "True Diary of A Mum to Be" might be of interest to the happy expectant couple. Without telling anyone, Charlie posted her book off to Buckingham Palace, together with its companion "True Diary of Baby's First Year" and also "100 Little Words on Parenthood", a compilation of advice and memories of the special child in their world from mums, dads and grandparents from all walks of life.
Yesterday, Charlie's postman delivered a very special envelope, bearing a crest, from St James's Palace. I don't often squeal, but Charlie had to read the letter's contents out twice to me! I couldn't be more thrilled and excited, and am still walking on air, so heavens knows Charlie must still be way above cloud ninety-nine!
When I could speak, the first thing I said was 'Oh congratulations!' Followed by 'you must publish this letter!'
'Julia, I'm afraid wild horses couldn't make me reveal the contents of this letter publicly. It's marked "private and confidential"' Charlie replied, 'although I couldn't resist posting a photo of the Royal Crest on Facebook. I simply had to share the excitement with all my wonderful author friends who contributed to "100 Little Words on Parenthood".
'I'm sure they'll all be thrilled to think that their anecdotes and stories are on the bookshelves of St James's Palace. However, it's enough for me to know that my gift has been acknowledged, and is appreciated.' Quite right too.
My friend has class.
While I harbour no aspirations of ever becoming a lady, I do nurture ambitions of writing the next "Downton Abbey" novel, so I immediately downloaded a copy of "How (not) to become a Lord or Lady" by Sean Campbell. You can download your copy now for £3.99, from Amazon. This concise and definitive guide to the British Peerage System also makes intriguing reading for anyone interested in history, sociology, or peering into how the other half live. Thoroughly recommended.