There's nothing like your son's sex scandals, your grandchildren fighting, and daily criticism from the press. I wonder if this will all bring a warm, familial glow to the proceedings at Sandringham this year during the Christmas holidays?
The royal family has faced one of their toughest years yet, possibly even exceeding the great "annus horribilis" of 1992. The current problems going on at Buckingham Palace make a few divorces look like a trip to Baskin Robbins.
Not only that, but the Queen is much older now, and not as capable of working so hard.