Yesterday, the wife and I had the opportunity to be invited to a luncheon by my local provincial parliamentarian. His guests of honour were Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex (Edward and Sophie). Previous to this, my most distinguished lunch companion was the real estate agent that helped the wife and I buy our home. So as you might imagine, we were both a little nervous. But we took comfort in the fact that there would probably be 200-400 people at the luncheon and that we probably wouldn't get any closer than a few dozen metres to Their Royal Highnesses. Naturally, as we had a vision of the way things would turn out, we were of course dead wrong. Only about 30 or so folks were at the luncheon and Mrs. wotan and I were both introduced to Sophie and Edward. Initially, I was extremely nervous, however both of the Royals were relaxed and seemed such genuinely nice people that we were both quickly at ease. Edward especially was quite keen on knowing about both Mrs. wotan's and my military service and he seemed very knowledgeable about the Canadian Forces in general. Sophie is also the Colonel of the Regiment of my old infantry unit, The Lincoln And Welland Regiment. Although the media sometimes portrays the Royals as somewhat stand-offish that is certainly not the impression they left on the wife or I. I'm sure some of the members of the boards here have met members of the Royal Family. What were your impressions of any you may have met?