The Final Curtsey: The Autobiography of Margaret Rhodes, First Cousin of the Queen and Niece of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

The Final Curtsey: The Autobiography of Margaret Rhodes, First Cousin of the Queen and Niece of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

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By (author) Margaret Rhodes

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  • Publisher: Umbria Press
  • Format: Hardback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 236mm x 22mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 21 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0954127560
  • ISBN 13: 9780954127565
  • Illustrations note: 8pp colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 12,721

Product description

This is the intimate and revealing autobiography of Margaret Rhodes, the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and the niece of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Margaret Rhodes was born into the Scottish aristocracy, into a now almost vanished world of privilege. Royalty often came to stay and her house was run in the style of Downton Abbey. Her aunt was Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Queen Elizabeth is her first cousin. In the Second World War years, she 'lodged' at Buckingham Palace while she worked for MI5. She was a bridesmaid at the wedding of her cousin Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip. Three years later the King and Queen attended her own wedding; Princess Margaret was a bridesmaid. In 1990, she was appointed as a Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen Mother, acting also as her companion, which she describes in touching detail. In the early months of 2002, she spent as much time as possible with her frail and ailing aunt, and was at her bedside when she died at Easter that year. This is a fascinating account of a special life, with the author's family relationships to nobility and royalty, her long and special marriage, her children and grandchildren and a life lived to the full. Major serial under negotiation, this title is to be featured in "Majesty Magazine".

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By Jennifer Saunders 29 Jul 2011 3

This slim volume is not in the nature of "what the butler saw" or indeed anything like it. I looked, in fact, at the endpapers (there are no acknowledgements which is odd in itself in such a book) to see if HM The Queen is said to have given her approval for publication of the book, for we all know what happened to poor old "Crawfie", governess to the little princesses, when she published a similar work in 1953. No actual mention is made of such approval but the author does refer to the Queen providing the author with her diary entries, made during the war, when she was relieved to hear that the author's brother - and her paternal cousin Viscount Lascelles - were "free and safe!" on their release as VIP prisoners of war. The gossip is pedestrian but interesting nonetheless and it is always interesting to read of Britain before the wars. My big complaint is about the appalling number of typographical errors. They begin with "Chrsitopehr" in the family tree facing page 1 and continue throughout. Is it too much too ask that SOMEONE read a book through before it is sent to print to pick out the mistakes? If I can see them, why can't the editor?