Quest Quips

blog devoted to CNN International Business anchor, Richard Quest, who looks like a cross between Roger Daltry and a Muppet. You have to see him to believe him...

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Thursday, June 05, 2003
How Do You Say "Richard's Back in Top Form" in Swahili?

Cause he is, he really is. Sample this report he shared regarding the British royals during the 5/30/03 edition of CNN American Morning

What's this thing now about Camilla Parker-Bowles, who was the scandal of the royal family for so many years? All of a sudden the queen wants her to drop by and have a cookie.

QUEST: This is important. On Monday, it is the 50th anniversary of the queen's coronation. That's when they put the crown actually on her head, even though her father had died some 18 months previously.

Now, we will, of course, be live at Buckingham Palace on Monday, and I'll be telling you all about that on Monday.

However, Camilla, who had been shunned...

CAFFERTY: Something to look forward to, isn't it?

QUEST: Yes, indeed. Camilla had been shunned by the queen until now, has been given an invitation as Charles' companion. She's not been invited as in her own right like she was to the queen mother's funeral. She will sit not next to Charles. She'll actually sit about sort of three rows behind, somewhere near the stalls, probably with a large pillow hiding her out of the way of the cameras. But at least she will be there.

One other bit of royalty to bring you this morning. These are the latest pictures of Prince William. They are in all of the national newspapers. They celebrate the fact that he is 21 years old or will be soon. Look at those socks! How about that for a pair of socks?

Prince William says he is learning Swahili. He doesn't like wearing a kilt because he finds it a bit drafty. And that when he goes dancing...

CAFFERTY: Well, that's more than I want to know about him, you know?

QUEST: Well, and when he goes dancing with girls, they tend to spin out across the floor.

A quick bit of Swahili for you.


QUEST: Nawadmi noweyana illecua mowena nichea bia (ph), which basically means, my grandmother...

CAFFERTY: What does that mean? Check, please?

QUEST: No, it means, "my grandmother used to own this country."