Queen Anne Dresser
Watching the lacklustre RSC’s production of Queen Ann had its moments. The plot revolved around dominating favourite Sarah Duchess of Marlbrough’s waning influence over the dull Queen. An influence which was essential if her husband the Duke was to have his war paid . Others plotted against and a new favourite was found in Abigail Masham. Here was the start of the two party system ,spearheaded by maids in waiting. All kinds of lesbian(now so popular in UK politics) cards were played, hinted at and used in the royal bedroom capers.
Well if she did swing, she swung both ways. She and her hubby George of Denmark did try and try again for the Protestant dynasty. (In the wings waited other Catholic Stuarts)Pregnant seventeen times, five births and no surviving kids. No IVF for this poor queen, all she could do was pray and she did that a lot. Guess what, it made no difference.
Maybe a bit of play time with her girl friends was well earned. Royals, dontcha luv ‘em. Her great grandfather James 1 who was a one for the lads famously said,” If Jesus could have his John, why cant I have my George(Duke of Buckingham).”
Anyway as someone who had some professional experience of public relations/management consultancy the play rang some bells. PR and consultants like jesters make their clients happy, they bring good news, they can almost get instant results, their job is to talk the talk not the harder stuff. The accountant, lawyer,production and hr managers usually only bring bad news ,slow solutions and problems. The waffle boys with their razzle dazzle can often get the client’s ear. And with that comes power, and with that comes a sense of disproportionate importance, which can lead to a forgetting of place. The client is after all the boss and although may not have flash pr skills probably has got something,otherwise why is he/she the client.
So Sarah because she physically dominated Anne felt she could treat her mean and keep her keen. But Anne had abilities and Sarah like all those near the purse strings was in a competitive business. But like many in the favourite business she forgot the world is a dynamic place,and changes, and over played a dated hand.