The Final Curtsey: A Royal Memoir

By Margaret Rhodes

Filled with captivating anecdotes, interesting characters, and private images, this intimate and revealing autobiography of Margaret Rhodes—Queen Elizabeth II’s first cousin and niece to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother—offers remarkable perception into the non-public lifetime of the British monarchy. distinct and sometimes touching, this account chronicles Margaret’s beginning into the Scottish aristocracy, her years operating for the Britain’s mystery Intelligence carrier, and her appointment as Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen mom. Describing the Queen Mother’s ultimate days, this variation additionally celebrates satisfied events, together with the weddings of Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip and Prince William to Kate Middleton.

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It intended that lets move forward and make marriage ceremony plans. i assume, in my mom and dad’ view, he used to be no longer the main compatible bridegroom. for example, he didn't have any inheritance to appear ahead to yet they can see how a lot I enjoyed him. On 31 July 1950 we have been married in St Margaret’s, Westminster, with a reception afterwards in Londonderry condo, the London place of dwelling of the Marquess of Londonderry, who was once relative of Denys on his mother’s part. Princess Margaret was once one of many bridesmaids, yet Princess Elizabeth was once absent as she used to be because of provide delivery to her moment baby, Princess Anne. She wrote to me on my marriage ceremony morning announcing how a lot she used to be considering me. ‘You has to be so thankful,’ she stated, ‘that the nice day has arrived finally and i'm certain it will likely be a truly chuffed one for you. I can’t particularly want you any better happiness than i've got came across myself in being married, and that i desire that when the entire problems and problems your pleasure with Denys should be additional in particular superb. ’ George VI, Denys’s mom and Queen Elizabeth at our marriage ceremony reception My marriage ceremony costume used to be of white brocade and that i wore the Elphinstone tiara. My gown was once made by way of a omit Ford who had an institution simply off Bond road; my mom had had her outfits made by way of her for years and so she idea it might be brilliant if we used her prone. I had 3 grownup bridesmaids; pals from my kids, Jeannine and Marigold Bridgeman and my cousin Diana Bowes-Lyon, in addition to little ladies, my nieces Jenny Gibbs and Susan Wills. The King and Queen attended, which used to be in particular very important to me, as the King was once my Godfather. there have been large crowds in Parliament sq. and for the 1st time in my existence I turned, in that a lot overworked present-day description, a star. the full day glided by in a blur of hymns and song; champagne, voices; humans, humans, humans and clouds of confetti. We stuck the evening teach to Edinburgh, the place the Carberry chauffeur met us with a motor vehicle we were lent by way of my father. We drove to Birkhall which have been lent to us via the King and Queen, who had additionally employed a cook dinner for us for the 1st a part of our honeymoon. I had an incredible affection for the outdated apartment, which held many chuffed formative years thoughts for me, and we had a perfectly peaceable time. Then we trigger to the south of France, the place Patrick Plunket had rented a villa, perched on most sensible of a hill, excessive above the Mediterranean. We had one other comfortable weeks there and that i learnt to gamble within the neighborhood on line casino. the golf green roulette tables interested me and with beginner’s good fortune i really made cash. For your time I fostered the appearance on line casino used to be pretty much as good as a financial institution. We again to London, simply to repack our luggage to set sail for brand new Zealand for my creation to Denys’ family members at the different part of the area. We made landfall at Christchurch after 5 entire weeks at sea. there has been a tremor of pleasure on the arrival of Queen Elizabeth’s niece, and lots more and plenty to the enjoyment of Denys’ aunt Maire Hutton and his cousins, we needed to be photographed and interviewed by means of the click.

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