As re­li­able as ever on Ar­mistice Day, the Queen will al­ways be num­ber one in our royal Top of the Pops

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This week we dis­cov­ered there’s a royal Top of the Pops chart and the Queen has just been knocked off the num­ber one po­si­tion by… yes, you guessed cor­rectly, Prince Harry. While not ap­prov­ing of this par­tic­u­lar chart move (which, let’s face it, is mainly be­cause Harry has just been on tour, pre­ceded by that mas­sive gig at Wind­sor) we can’t help be­ing ex­cited by the idea of a royal Top of the Pops and tun­ing in, ev­ery week, to see who’s up, who’s down, and who’s a new en­try.

Ac­cord­ing to YouGov rat­ings, the chart for this week is: Harry at one, the Queen at two, Prince Wil­liam three, Kate at four, with Prince

Phillip in fifth place, Meghan at six and Prince Charles at seven (ouch), but any­way. Our own sur­vey in­di­cates oth­er­wise. Here’s our Royal Top Ten at the time of go­ing to press: Num­ber One: The Queen, of course. A per­pet­ual non-mover, be­cause she is num­ber one: she never puts a foot wrong. If you were watch­ing her at The Ceno­taph on Ar­mistice Day, you can­not fail to have no­ticed Camilla’s at­tempt to mo­men­tar­ily lift the mood, and the Queen’s solid re­sis­tance to any mood lift­ing. Later, eyes clenched shut in the two min­utes’ si­lence, she ap­peared to be bear­ing the weight of all the loss on her shoul­ders and we loved her for it.

In at Two: Prince Charles. This week, Charles turned 70, but he’s also had a blinder of a year, what with step­ping in for Meghan’s father, and turn­ing out to have been right about so many things that seemed hokey at the time. Three: Prince Harry. Ter­rif­i­cally good egg. Lovely com­mon touch. Prop­erly cares. Grow­ing up fast. Hasn’t done any­thing in par­tic­u­lar this week… but al­ways in the top five.

Four (up from six): Kate, for weath­er­ing all the com­pe­ti­tion with ter­rific good grace (yes, you Meghan), and gen­er­ally do­ing ex­actly what is re­quired of her.

Five: Prince Philip. Just be­cause we haven’t seen him for a bit doesn’t mean we’ve for­got­ten.

Six: Prince Wil­liam. Hang­ing in there. Signs that the ter­ri­ble “No one un­der­stands the pres­sures” thing is wear­ing off.

Seven (down from three): Meghan. The spot­light has moved off her on to Charles. Also, her chart po­si­tion has been af­fected by the ru­mour about the wed­ding tiara (QEII is said to have had to ex­plain to Harry that what Meghan wants, Meghan doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily get. Love the Queen). Eight: The Duchess of Corn­wall: For mak­ing Prince Charles gig­gle, all the time, and gen­er­ally be­ing a gloomy pom­pos­ity coun­ter­bal­ance. Nine: Princess Anne. All that salut­ing … not easy.

Ten: Prince An­drew. A tiny part of us feels he has got him­self into a bad PR spi­ral, but noth­ing that can’t be turned around with less Fergie, and less rest­ing ar­ro­gant face. (One of the things we have come to ap­pre­ci­ate about Charles is his sad slumped face. We used to think it was a bit “POOR ME”, but now we are sure he is think­ing about the plight of red squir­rels, or his old ter­rier, or the Queen Mum.)

BLUES ROY­ALS Prince Charles poses for a 70th birth­day snap with the rest of his brood, in­clud­ing his grand­chil­dren

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