Eleven weeks, six days and fifteen hours ago I entered the Daily Mail competition to paint the Queen. The prize for winning is to have your painting hung in The National Portrait Gallery, for one day, with the current exhibition of sixty portraits of the Queen.
600 emailed entries were whittled down to thirty, which then had to be sent to London to be judged by Sir Peter Blake, Emma Sergeant and Jonathan Yeo. I gleefully sent my painting to be judged.
The wait has been interminable, with checking emails every half hour, waiting by the letterbox, carrying my phone everywhere and generally rendering me totally incapable of doing anything!
Today I received a letter.