Letter: Imperial century

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Sir: 31 December 2000 will only be universally recognised as the last day of the century if the Queen Mother happens to be still alive and graciously kicking on 1 January 2001.

Then the media will confirm that 1900, when she was born, was the last year of the 19th century after all, and that having lived through the entire 20th century and surviving into the 21st, she has lived in three centuries, something which no gracious royal lady has ever graciously done before.

I trust The Independent to spare its readers the brouhaha and to search out an ordinary run-of-the-mill unprivileged centenarian-plus of its own.

PETER FORSTER

London N4

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