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The Queen of organisation: Her Majesty loves post-it notes

It is always those endearing revelations that offer a glimpse of Her Majesty’s preferences, and although we know a thing or two about her desk work, the fact that she likes to record her thoughts on Post-it notes comes as news to many.

As the Queen and Prince Philip toured the Edinburgh-based Hamilton & Inches workshop last week, she was presented with a handmade wood and sterling silver Post-it note holder. Her first reaction was that it was a ‘very kind’ gesture and a ’very useful’ gift.

Chief Executive Stephen Paterson told the Monarch: ‘’A little birdie told us that this may come in quite handy. It’s a Post-it note holder for your desk.’’

The Duke of Edinburgh was quick to produce one of his trademark quips, noting that the gift was for ‘’those sticky things.’’

The Queen was also presented with a silver bowl inspired by the River Tay to mark her 90th birthday, while Prince Philip, who also celebrated his 95th birthday last month, received a kilt pin.

The royal couple’s tour around the premises also included a brief chat with crafts men and women who work at the firm, before meeting Andy Scott, the Glaswegian artist responsible for the Kelpies sculptures in Falkirk.

The royal visit comes as the business celebrates its 150th anniversary. It has held a Royal Warrant for 120 years, which means they are the Queen’s special supply the Royal Household and are the Queen’s Silversmiths and Clock Specialists.

Commenting on the occasion, Paterson said, “It was a privilege to celebrate our relationship and shared appreciation of craftsmanship with the royal party.”

The Queen spends the first part of her working day at her office desk, reading and replying to some of the 300 letters she receives every day. This certainly explains why the sovereign will be glad to make good use of her gift.

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