The peculiar life of the monarch is seen in Bennett’s description of the palace library:
…when she started to read she thought perhaps she ought to do some of it at least in the place set aside for the purpose, namely the palace library. But though it was called the library and was indeed lined with books, a book was seldom if ever read there. Ultimatums were delivered there, lines drawn, prayer books compiled and marriages decided upon, but should one want to curl up with a book the library was not the place…. No, if reading was to be done it was better done in a place not set aside for it.
There is a surprise ending which I won’t reveal. Read it yourself.