Thursday, December 02, 2010

Behind Palace Doors

She was described as the most dangerous woman in Europe by Adolf Hitler; Noel Coward said people who spent any time with her were always reduced to "gibbering worshippers;" she adored Margaret Thatcher and disliked Germans; and she found the French comical and hankered for the old days of Empire and Commonwealth. Above all, though, she was loved by the nation and in this affectionate and often hilarious inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, her former equerry Major Colin Burgess reveals what life was like living with the most private of all the Royals. A unique and warmly remembered historic insight into a longest-surviving packed with previously untold stories, this is also a celebration of a life gone—and a way of life fast disappearing.

A different look at behind the palace doors of the Queen mother's personal residences, mainly Clarence House in London. Major Colin Burgess was an equerry to the Queen Mother for two years and through him we glimpse the woman behind the public image and learn what it's like to be on the royal staff. There are no secrets revealed, but instead we subtly learn the demands and protocols within the royal family.

I found the book interesting and an enjoyable way to spend a few hours.
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