Queen 'ultimate middle-class hero'

The Queen is the ultimate middle-class hero, according to the authors of a new guide to Britain's often misunderstood majority.

Richard Benson, who co-edited The Middle Class Handbook, said she embodied the much-admired middle-class trait of "just getting on with it".

He said: "The admiration is very much for her as a person rather than the royal family; people respect her for dealing with a very difficult family, and for doing her duty without complaint. Interestingly, a significant number of people who admire her say they do so despite republican sympathies."