The Final Curtsey

The Final Curtsey: A Royal Memoir by the Queen's Cousin

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, History & Politics, British History, 20th Century Britain
Paperback Published on: 27/03/2012
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This is the intimate and revealing autobiography of the late Margaret Rhodes, the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and the niece of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Margaret 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. 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 ailing aunt, and was at her bedside when she died at Easter that year. The next morning she went to Queen Elizabeth's bedroom to pray, and in farewell dropped her a final curtsey.

  • Publisher: Birlinn General
  • ISBN: 9781780270852
  • Number of pages: 195
  • Weight: 211g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm

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The Final Curtsey
Not what I expected, but very interesting
This book wasn't what I originally expected, but it provided a fascinating insight into the life of a lady who has an exceptionally positive outlook on lif... READ MORE
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Easy read quite acceptable
Roger England
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Final Curtsy
Excellent book Well written and thoroughly enjoyable read. Had tried to get this book from 3 different places before coming to Waterstones and could not g... READ MORE
Elizabeth Nisbet
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Evoked so many memories!
Reading The Final Curtesy reminded me very much of my much-beloved grandmother and I wallowed in sentiment!
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