Lise Hand: Hope that visit is 'The End' in a long chapter of violence and struggle
Published 18/05/2011 | 05:00
It was almost a shock when she walked into the room. It was that shock of recognition which comes with encountering someone who you've never met, but feel you know for years and years.
It's just that she's so familiar -- the slightly square face framed by white curls and topped with a large hat, the sharp eyes taking in everything around her, the handbag, the gloves and occasionally the wide smile.
We've seen the face of Queen Elizabeth so many times on the telly and in newspapers and magazines; animated at Ascot, stony-faced during the perilous days after the death of Princess Diana, disconsolate amid the ashes of Windsor Castle, content during the wedding of her grandson William. But we've never seen her in the flesh before.