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Flight of fancy

Department for Education and Employment apparatchiks were eating double portions of humble pie in the latest edition of Spectrum, their monthly briefing for headteachers. In December they informed readers that the additional holiday on June 4, 2002 was to celebrate the Queen's 50th wedding anniversary. In act, of course, as the correction states, the holiday is to celebrate "the Queen's 50th anniversary of her ascension". Well almost. As a flattered source at Buckingham Palace explains: "Kings and Queens have accessions. As far as we have heard, only Jesus had an ascension."

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