When I saw the 800-odd hits for 'Helen Mirren' this morning I thought that Ilyena Vasilievna Mironov had probably won her Oscar.
"For 50 years and more, Elizabeth Windsor has maintained her dignity, her sense of duty - and her hairstyle," Dame Helen said.
"She has had her feet planted firmly on the ground, her hat on her head and her handbag on her arm. She has weathered many, many storms. And I salute her courage and her consistency and I thank her because if it wasn't for her I most certainly would not be here."
She ended her speech by holding up the Oscar statuette and saying: "Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Queen."
UPDATE - 2,500 hits makes it another Mirrstalanche. And the Dumb One ponders the Oscars.
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