Royally impressed

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:16 AM ET

When it comes to the Roaring Game, she prefers the corn broom to the push version. As is right and proper, Queen Elizabeth is old school. None of this new-fangled stuff.

So says Randy Ferbey, Canada's king of curling, after a Victoria Day meeting with the Queen.

It was an audience that had Her Majesty demonstrating her sweeping skills for Ferbey, Dave Nedohin, Marcel Rocque and Scott Pfeifer, along with their wives, before a dinner at the Westin Hotel.

Hurrrrry-harrrrrd, M'am.

"We had her sweeping the broom. It was corn," Ferbey said.

"There was no actual broom, but she made the gesture. If we would have had a camera on that one, it would have been priceless. She was laughing. It's a side I don't think people have seen of her.

"She was doing the motion and everything. We talked about curling outside. We said we don't play outside any more and she was kind of surprised about that."

The Ferbey Four and their spouses spent 20 minutes or so in a reception room with the Queen and Prince Philip prior to a dinner hosted by Premier Ralph Klein.

The rink also rubbed elbows with the Royal Couple at a dinner hosted by Prime Minister Paul Martin at the AgriCom last night.

To hear Ferbey tell it, the Royal Couple seemed surprisingly keen on talking curling with the six-time Brier champions after spending a soggy afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium.

"The Duke came over and asked who the skip was and the second," Ferbey said. "And he knew all the lingo. The Queen actually seemed to be genuinely interested, you know?

"She wanted to know where we played and everything. It was a good conversation we had with her. I didn't even think we'd get to really meet her, but she shook hands with everybody and we chatted."

Ferbey, celebrating his 19th anniversary with wife Wendy this week, says he left the meeting royally impressed.

"It was an interesting meeting, to be honest," he said. "Here we are with her in a room having a conversation just like you would with your grandma. It's kind of overwhelming and something we're going to remember for a very long time."


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