30 DECEMBER 1995, Page 23

Inspired by a king

Sir: Pace Petronella Wyatt ('What's wrong with being unhappy?', 2 December), the expressed aspiration of the Princess of Wales `to be a queen in people's hearts' is not necessarily a line from the worst Romantic Gothic novel.

It is arguably an image prompted by King Henry VI, Part III, scene i, line 62: `My crown is in my heart, not on my head; Not deck'd with diamonds and Indian stones; Nor to be seen; my crown is call'd content; A crown it is that seldom kings enjoy.'

Tony Macken

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