Anyway, this day, 3 young children and some adults were mesmerised by Edward and his sister playing a board game. I wasn't sure who these characters were meant to be - possibly Edward Ist and Eleanor of Castile crossed my mind, but I soon made out from listening to the conversation they were brother and sister. So I decided to ask them, and enquired if they were royalty (you HAVE to play along, as it's so much fun!), and possibly a king. The prince replied that he was only a prince and this was his sister and they were waiting for their father, King Edward, and I got rather excited and said 'So you're Edward II?' 'Well, not yet, but I hope to be'. I couldn't believe the Tower was choosing Edward II - yes, a so-called 'unpopular,' 'bad', king, to use as a character! And no mention of a red, hot poker either! Both characters clearly understood their roles and knew the history. Needless to say, some fun was to be had here, so I engaged in a conversation with them. Having found out Edward was still prince, it went like this -
'So where's your friend Piers today? has he been banished?'
Prince - 'No, he's not here'.
Princess - 'no, shhh! not yet! That's still a year or 2 off. Although this might be the time to tell him what we're planning'.
Prince - 'every time I try and carry on with my duties, someone has to keep mentioning him'.
Me - 'I'm completely on your side, your Grace'.
Prince, beaming - 'are you? What think you sister of those who speak against him?'.
Princess - 'well, dear brother, there are those who think you favour him too much when they themselves are loyal and have wise words for you'.
Prince - 'they are merely jealous of him and seek to separate us with lies'.
Me - 'yes, they are jealous because you are such special friends, and they are greedy and want honours from you themselves. They just don't understand you'.
Prince - 'I am glad of your support'.
Princess - 'but they are wise and loyal men to our father who have your best interests at heart....'
Prince - 'Silence! I am the Prince and will hear no more against him'.
Princess - 'then let us continue with our game'.
I wished the Prince well, and told him I didn't think he had long to wait for the throne, that he should trust Piers but beware his future wife, and left them to their game.