Poet Rudyard Kipling insulted Queen Victoria with a Barrack Room Ballad. It hailed, "the Widow at Windsor," rollicked that she sent her soldiers to "barbarious wars," bellowed that she had bought " 'alf 'o Creation" with English blood.
Of course hard-boiled men in barracks do rollick and bellow, especially at the Sovereign and the Empire they love. But Victoria, no Hard-Boiled Queen, missed the too-blunt point and was irrevocably insulted.
Therefore a news furore stirred, last week, when Queen Insulter Kipling went up to the royal Scottish estate at Balmoral, and there settled down as the house guest of George V.
An ignorant world...