The day King George died they cancelled Children’s Hour,
and filled the evening with ‘solemn music’.
The day his son-in-law died Gardeners’ World
was cancelled, and the corporate ether filled
with hacks masquerading as historians,
historians as hacks, confidently
exuding contradictory gossip, viz.
his father-in-law ‘feared him’, ‘loathed him’,
‘really respected,’ ‘admired immensely’.
The Duke was one of the few men or women
remaining who might have thought of the Hapsburgs,
the Hohenzollerns and the Romanovs