Hector Protector was dressed all in green;
Hector Protector was sent to the Queen.
The Queen did not like him,
No more did the King;
So Hector Protector was sent back again.

From The Real Mother Goose

If there isn't already a story behind an old nursery rhyme, one will have to be made up about them. Therefore I cannot say for certain who and what was the origin for this one. One explanation says Richard Duke of York was the model for Hector Protector. He was Protector of Ireland, and therefore could be said to be dressed in green. He returned to England in an attempt to take over power when Henry VI went mad. His queen, however, would have nothing of it. It appears that neither did Henry, for when he recovered, the duke was sent away again.

So you find this boring, eh? Well, a lot of people have delved into the mystery of this rhyme and tried to answer it in their own words. Depending on interest, you get Hector in drag...

Hector Protector was all dressed in green
In as pretty a petti and gown as you've seen.
The king did not like him but desired the dress.
The queen wanted Hector - a heck of a mess.

The chancellor consulted his opinion to give.
He had better be careful if he wanted to live.
"You can make a great lady," to the king was his plan.
"And Madam, I tell you, you'll make a great man."

...a hacker....

Hector Protector was dressed all in green.
Hector Protector was sent to the Queen.
"I'll ask you a question, and I'll be specific.
I hear with computers you are super terrific."
"Yes, my Queen, I'm a genius and a whiz.
I can crack any system wherever it is.
I know the Queen's secrets, and that's no lie.
I found them all out on the very first try."
Now the Queen was miffed when she heard this tale.
And she sent poor Hector right straight to jail.

...or, well, green.

Hector Protector was dressed all in green.
He marched against fur and threw paint at the Queen.
The Queen was embittered and so was the King,
Now Hector Protector must march in his skin.

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