We are saddened to hear about the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II. William Golding wrote about the Queen in his unpublished journals, which cover the period 1971–1993. Originally a dream journal, Golding actually dreamed about her a number of times! The most striking entry is from 1988, when Golding was knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
I ought to record the conversation I had with Her Majesty – As she was adjusting the ribbon round my neck, with the occasional maternal tuck she said, “Are you still writing?” I replied: ‘Yes marm.’ She said ‘Good’: which I think exhibits a degree of critical insight.