Oct 26, 2021
I recently finished binge-watching Netflix’s “The Crown,” along with more than 70 million other households. If you, like me, are fascinated with British history and the royal family, it’s worth a watch.
As someone who had the same hairstyle as Lady Di in the 1980s (she was a year younger than me), I’ve been interested (OK, at times obsessed) in the inner workings of British royalty throughout my life. But you don’t have to be obsessed with Diana, Princess of Wales, to appreciate “The Crown.” Although the show is technically fictional, it does contain plenty of truth, including the royals’ habit of old-fashioned writing.
In every single episode, viewers are shown images of various members of the royal family sitting down at their desks. What are they doing? Picking up a fountain pen or tapping away at a manual typewriter to send their inner feelings, opinions and thoughts to loved ones or government officials. Whatever the occasion, you can see a hand engaged in the act of writing or fingers on a keyboard furiously typing away. Simultaneously, you can hear the voices in their head, thinking through the precise language to be used in the missive.
The article read in this episode originally appeared on the Forbes Agency Council CommunityVoice™ in February 2021.
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