A wooden bridge crosses the abyss of Capaci and Queen Elizabeth with her procession of 50 cars passes over it only 5 days after the massacre. Directly to Palermo from the airport, the English sovereign gets off the blue Lancia Thema with her husband Filippo, murmuring: “Incredible, incredible”. Shocked and incredulous, she lays a wreath of flowers and stops to pray for Giovanni Falcone, his wife and escort killed right there. The Queen, who with pastel dresses and old-fashioned hats appears detached from her time, collides with Italian history on May 28, 1992, on her fourth trip to the peninsula. A little-known episode, told by Ilaria Grillini, an expert journalist of Royal Houses of Europe, in the book “Elisabetta the ‘Italian’ queen (Rai libri), presented at the Baglioni hotel in Florence by the author. That day the queen, who had confirmed her program despite the pressures, breathes the dismay of our country and is not welcomed by the usual cheering crowd. Collecting documents and photos, testimonies of former premier, nobles and famous tailors, the author reconstructs the 5 and a half trips of the sovereign and those of the other Royals, with unpublished details and fascinating curiosities, between ceremonial and personal tics, which testify “the long love story that binds the Windsors to our country “.
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