Queen Elizabeth II 1926–2022

Ann and William Golding at Buckingham Palace, 1988.

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 William Golding wrote about the Queen in his unpublished journals, which cover the period 1971–1993.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.

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