Very soon, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom will be able to breathe a sigh of relief as the burden of monarchy is lifted from her ageing shoulders.
For there is to be a new Head of State in the person of Anthony (Tony) Blair, when he becomes President of Europe.
There is a buzz of expectation around the Royal household - will Tony expect the Queen to curtsey to him? Will Queen Elizabeth have to back away from His Toniness?
Readers will recall that Cherie Blair refused to curtsy to Queen Elizabeth on His Tonyness' appointment as Prime Minister. This was represented as republicanism - but in fact it was simply the rude and considered action of an over-privileged, wealthy guttersnipe.
Having recently converted to the Roman Catholic religion, divorce is now out of the question for Blair - how he must be regretting his rebranding.
He is stuck with the grinning gibbon and the world laughs.