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AfterthoughT - I should just have put 'PS'
Back at the recording, I heard it live and it's just as unclear. So the problem is either a technical one (the BBC's fault) or just the way she talks. The speaker is 87, and has a distinctly upper-class accent. Also, she may be embarrassed by discussion of the Queen in the context of 'her downstairs loo', and when people are embarrassed their speech can speed up - to get over the 'obstacle'. (This was found in a study that ended up with the title The First Five Minutes - which set out to analyse a discussion but found there was so much to say that... (you can work out the rest .)