Thursday, January 10, 2013

How I Met Prince Charles

I was merely observing the occasion…
by Ernest E.

As Halloween rolled around, my co-workers assured me the whole department would dress to observe the occasion, so I arrived in full kit—a Prussian officer’s uniform, including braid, medals, sword and epaulets. Needless to say, I was the only one in costume. Many giggles were shared by the staff.
I had occasion to visit the flight line, so I belted my sword on (so it couldn't be played with in my absence), and headed out. Approaching my path was Prince Charles, part of a group that was enjoying a tour of the facilities. As we grew closer I could see the concern of his minders at the sight of “Nutball” Ernst, armed with sword. When we were adjacent, Charles and I made eye contact, and we saluted. If memory serves me right, Charles saluted first.
And, that is how I met Prince Charles.

Here I am in full regalia!