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Elizabeth's Nose
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0225  Wednesday, 2 February 2000.

From:           Frank Whigham <
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Date:           Tuesday, 01 Feb 2000 14:03:03 -0600
Subject:        Elizabeth's Nose

Many years ago I heard a tale, supposedly of Queen Elizabeth's old age,
that when her sight had begun to weaken, sometimes her ladies-in-waiting
would, for a prank, put red lipstick (or its equivalent) on the tip of
her nose, and she'd go through the day's work of audiences and so forth
without anyone ever having the nerve to bring it to her attention.

The story certainly smells fictional, but has anyone ever heard the like
with any kind of evidence?

Many thanks.

Frank Whigham

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