But Charlotte has elegantly sidestepped the problem - by refusing all three. She has decided to spend New Year's Eve with her grandparents, and to go to a concert of the Manic Street Preachers, her favourite band. She has, after all, met the Pope, the Queen and Clinton before. Meeting the Pope was "very exciting"; the Queen was "really, really lovely". But how many times can you exchange small talk with the Very Grand? Enough, Charlotte decided, was enough. She therefore said no "in the nicest possible way".
Funny, that. When adult musical and theatrical stars are invited to visit Downing Street, few can resist the lure. It takes a 13-year-old to cry: "So what?" Charlotte, you are a hero for our time.Reuse content