At the gathering of the Queen’s Privy Council, the Prime Minister always sat in the center of the broadside of the conference table; however, today he sat at the head where Her Majesty was wont to sit. In front of him was a thick pile of papers which he began to pass around to the other councilors. A collective sigh rose from the others. It was most unusual for Queen Pirouette to be absent from these discussions.
“Gentlemen,” said the Prime Minister, “shall we begin?”
“Without the Queen?” Asked le comte de Ploo.
“Her Majesty is indisposed,” replied the chief minister.