Andrew Motion has complained that the job of Poet Laureate is a “thankless task”, berating the Queen for never expressing any opinions about the poems he writes for her. He gave full vent to his hurt feelings in a poem delivered to the Ealing Arts Festival:
Oh queeny queeny queeny queen,
You’re the top monarch there’s ever been.
So don’t keep quiet and don’t be mean -
Say this is the best you’ve ever seen.
Andrew Motion, age 55.