United Kingdom: ‘Jubilee deluge saved us from drought,’ reveals Tory ex-minister

Guardian: It was the defining image of last year's jubilee celebrations – a drenched Queen Elizabeth II, then 86, and Prince Philip, then 91, standing on a barge sailing down the Thames on a wet summer's day that was more like November than June. Now the image has taken on a new significance, with the revelation that the south-east was saved from a drought that would have forced residents to get their water from standpipes on street corners by the rain that soaked the royal couple. Richard Benyon MP,......

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