Queen Elizabeth II drops the puck for a preseason game between the Sharks and Canucks in Vancouver. Accompanying her on the red carpet were Olympians Ed Jovanovski and Cassie Campbell, and Wayne Gretzky.  Out of frame is Howie Meeker (Hall of Fame broadcaster). The players in the faceoff are Mike Ricci (SJ) and Markus Naslund (VAN).

Suddenly, the King stoops and picks a handful of cornflowers, to which he adds white Queen Anne’s lace, and yellow-eyed daises, and lavender clover, one of which he snatches right out from under a bumblebee. Then he takes the pink rose from my hand, adds it to the group, and returns it to me.

"To you who love flowers so much," he says, "I will give a whole bouquet."

Because he is flushed with the pleasure of his gallant gesture, I lean forward, stand on tiptoe, and kiss his cheek. “Your Majesty is my delight,” I reply. “With all my heart, I thank you.”

Abundance, A Novel of Marie Antoinette - Sena Jeter Naslund

If you meet a woman of whatever complexion who sails her life with strength and grace and assurance, talk to her! And what you will find is that there has been a suffering, that at some time she has left herself for hanging dead.
—  Sena Jeter Naslund

"How wondrous it is!" I exclaim. "How truly beautiful!" I cannot stop myself from repeating those words over and over, while everyone else sits in reverent silence, their familiar faces flushed rosy in the light of God.

I take the princess’s hand again … and whisper, “At the last moment of my life, I shall remember this dawn.”

—Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund


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