Beloved Daughter and her beau are taking a three day break in Salzburg, Austria - away from their workaday lives in manic London.
Yesterday morning, they took a cable car ride up one of the surrounding mountains. I believe it was Untersberg. And there on the Alpine summit, Stewart got down on one knee in order to ask Frances to marry him. He had a beautiful diamond ring in his hand. Naturally, she said yes.
All of this came as no surprise to me because last Wednesday evening Stew phoned me, asking for permission to pop the question to Princess Pudding. I appreciated that traditional approach and advised him to pick a special moment, a moment they would always remember. Perhaps at the top of a mountain would be a good time to do it.
Frances has always been the most wonderful daughter - the apple of her father's eye. Caring, creative, intelligent, loyal and hard-working with a personal moral code that speaks of justice and fairness. Shirley and I are very lucky to have such a daughter and we are both delighted that she will be wedded to Stew before too many moons have passed by.
Over the phone I asked him if he really loved her and he said, "I love her very much". That says it all.
Excitedly, she phoned us from the top of the mountain soon after her affirmative response had been delivered. It is a gloriously happy moment she will remember forever. Such lovely news, filled with hope.