One of the things that amused me about the media coverage of the death of Princess Diana was the reporters' constant breathless amazement at the 'un-Englishness' of the public response. This was invariably described as 'an unprecedented display of emotion'. And what did this 'an unprecedented display of emotion' consist of? Look at the pictures and videos of the crowds. What were all those people doing? Queuing, that's what. Queuing to buy flowers, queuing to lay flowers, queuing for miles to sign books of condolence, queuing for hours to catch trains and buses home after a long day of queuing.
Kate Fox, Watching the English.