More from the Queen about the purpose of books:
I agree with the Queen. There is never enough time for all the reading I want to do.
When Sir Kevin tries to understand the Queen's new love of reading:
'I can understand,' he said. 'Your Majesty's need to pass the time.''Pass the time?' said the Queen. 'Books are not about passing the time. They're about other lives. Other worlds. Far from wanting time to pass, Sir Kevin, one just wishes one had more of it. If one wanted to pass the time one could go to New Zealand.'
Though I'd love to visit New Zealand and pass the time there.
(And, of course, I'd take a book.)