"Ask Vance" Calendar at Buckingham Palace!

Photo by Alasdair Halleron

This may be the greatest honor ever bestowed upon me, and folks, that is really saying something.

My "Ask Vance" calendar has turned up in surprising places — the boardrooms of our city's top executives, the offices of our political leaders, and — so I've heard — the Greyhound bus station bathrooms.

But look! Here it is displayed prominently on the wall of Buckingham Palace, clearly placed there by Queen Elizabeth herself just in time for a state visit from President Barack Obama and the First Lady, Michelle.

My pal Alasdair Halleron, who hails from Great Britain, apparently took several of the calendars "across the pond" on a recent visit, and presented one to the Queen, no doubt hoping for a knighthood. He certainly deserves the honor, if you ask me.

And I, for one, am so glad he sent me this absolutely  100% guaranteed authentic genuine photograph, because otherwise — who would believe it? 

Just moments after this picture was taken, so I understand, Obama led the Queen over to the calendar, flipped forward a few pages, and pointed to July 4th, just to rub it in, in a good-natured way. That Barrack!

Thank you, Alasdair. You are a gentleman and a scholar. And quite a photographer, I might add.

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Ask Vance is the blog of Vance Lauderdale, the award-winning columnist of Memphis magazine and Inside Memphis Business.  Vance is the author of three books: Ask Vance: The Best Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine's History and Trivia Expert (2003), as well as Ask Vance: More Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine's History Expert (2011) and Vance Lauderdale's Lost Memphis (2013). He is also the recipient of quite a few nice awards, the creator of several eye-catching wall calendars, and the only person we know with a vintage shock-treatment machine in his den. 

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