Ah to be a corgi on the ground at Buckingham Palace last night - the 70th Anniversary of the NATO summit, an event that spawned a thousand narratives. The FLOTUS fresh off Air Force One, The Queen not-so-fresh out of her Range Rover LWB Landaulet, after despairing some more, this time over Panoroma.
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