Today, about 2,000 people will attend a service at Westminster Abbey later to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation. Some who participated in the 1953 service will be in the congregation. The Queen will be accompanied by more than 20 members of her family, including the Duke of Edinburgh. The heavy, solid gold St Edward's Crown will be on display. The Queen, whose reign began in 1952, practised wearing the crown around Buckingham Palace in the weeks before her coronation, including at her children's bath time. Read more >>
The cartoon by Paul Thomas from The Daily Express shows the Queen in the Tower of London, where the crown is kept. She is wearing her coronation robes and pointing at the crown, which is covered in cobwebs. She tells the two beefeaters (the name for the guards at the Tower of London), "You could've dusted it!"
One of the beefeaters is holding a raven, a nod to the ravens of the Tower of London, a group of captive Common Ravens which live in the Tower. The presence of the ravens is traditionally believed to protect the Crown and the Tower; a superstition holds that "If the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it." [Source: Wikipedia]
"Could have" is used in English to indicate your annoyance or displeasure when someone hasn't done something you think they should have. • You could have told me you were going to be late.
1. A cobweb is the net which a spider makes for catching insects.
2. If you dust something, you remove the dust or dirt from it.