Happy birthday, Ma'amBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7257.391/a (Published 05 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:391
- James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
The Queen Mother is patron of our royal college and we were among the 300-odd organisations invited to join a parade celebrating her 100th birthday. Envisaging something dignified, like Armistice Day, we decided that our council would process in academic robes, preceded by the college mace.
When the written briefing arrived, it sounded a different note. “Please bring a large sense of humour (you might need it) … There are a large number of animals in …