Hangdog, anti-war, and always impeccably turned out, French President Jacques Chirac flies into Britain tomorrow to keep an appointment with Tony and also to say hello to his friend Liz.
In anticipation of Chirac's visit, the ambassadors over at Windsor Castle have done a bit of rebranding and temporarily renamed the Waterloo Chamber 'The Music Room' (which is funny, because we had a classroom at our school called exactly the same thing).
So why choose to entertain M. Chirac in the Waterloo Chamber (which, by the way, is "adorned with the portraits of heads of state and military leaders who helped defeat Bonaparte") in the first place? Well, it’s the only space big enough for the special performance of Les Misérables which is to be laid on for Jacques' entertainment.
The Independent has a very useful article on the whole history of the infamous battle (fought 189 years ago last June incidentally) which points out some little known nuggets, including the fact that Waterloo was actually the last time we openly fought the French.