As regular readers may recall, my office in the Lords is shared with several other peers and used to be rather cramped. We managed some months ago to create a little space and a couple of comfortable chairs were installed, along with a small coffee table. The table can be glimpsed, just, in the picture beside the chairs.
Shortly before the Queen addressed both Houses of Parliament in March, the table disappeared. It reappeared some time after the occasion. We were told that it was needed for a room set aside for the Queen. I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the statement, only that this was what we were told. It has, however, just gained some credence. Yesterday, the Queen attended a lunch in Westminster Hall as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. This morning, I was in my office in the House. There was no coffee table. Shortly before 9.00 a.m., a workman arrived with the table and returned it to its normal position.
It certainly shows a practical streak, making effective use of what exists – and making a number of peers rather proud of our office’s contribution to royal visits.