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The Final Curtsey: A Royal Memoir by the Queen's Cousin [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Rhodes
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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 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. This is an enthralling account of a special life, and a unique insight into the intimate moments of the British Royal family. The Queen Mother regarded Margaret Rhodes as her “third daughter”, and she has been extremely close to her cousins the Queen and Princess Margaret throughout their lives. The book is full of charming anecdotes, fascinating characters, and personal photographs and is an unparalleled insight into the private life of the British monarchy.

Über den Autor

Margaret Rhodes, first cousin to Queen Elizabeth, was a bridesmaid at the 1947 wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and three years later married Denys Rhodes, a grandson of the 5th Lord Plunket. The World War II years were spent at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, where she lodged while she worked for MI6. Margaret Rhodes was lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. She now lives in the Great Park in Windsor, although still regularly visits Balmoral and Sandringham.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3924 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 160 Seiten
  • Verlag: Birlinn (29. März 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B006LAL2Q4
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #213.334 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Okay 28. März 2014
Von Michael
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Okay- aber nicht mehr- zu viel blah blah- blieb hinter den Erwartungen zurück! Dennoch gibt das Buch interessante Einblicke in das Leben QE's!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Final Curtsey 5. November 2011
Von sueherg - Veröffentlicht auf
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I am a history buff and a Royal follower and reading this book was a real pleasure. Margaret Rhodes shared a great deal of personal history of the United Kingdom and her life living within the Royal family. It was a wonderful book from the perspective of an insider.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Shake It Up! 30. Juli 2011
Von Jill Benone - Veröffentlicht auf
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A fascinating, gentle memoir of privileged , aristocratic English life from the beginning of the 20th century through today, this book could benefit from some judicioius editing. It is non-chronological and makes a quantum leap from the description of life with the Queen Mother to the author's expeereinces iwth her husband, back to the Royal Family. Somewhere along the way, the death of her husband is lost. I foun d it most interesting that "The LIttle Princesses", Marion Crawford's book about life as the governess of Princwesses Elizateth and Margaret was dismissed as "sugary", although the author claims she has nor will not read it. "The Final Curtsey" is just as sugary. There is no scandal, not was any expected. What could have been fascinating -- a descriptiojof day-to-day life with the Queen Mother, was capsualized. I wish a good editor had shaken out the manuscript and re-arranged the material is a more cohesive form.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Vanity Reading for the Extremely Undemanding 5. August 2012
Von vmcla - Veröffentlicht auf
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I wasn't expecting much and I got even less than I thought possible.

Since the author is the Queen's cousin, I had a strong feeling that any personal information contained about the Royal Family would be nothing more than bland, inoffensive and designed to maintain good relations with her relatives.

And if this author were not related to the Queen, this vanity project would never have been published or promoted.

What we have here is an elderly matron who provides a very broad overview of her privileged life. 3/4 of the book don't include the royals at all, but deals with her unaccomplished husband. I imagine there is something interesting about him, but that is not provided here.

Her view of aristocratic life at the end of the last millennium is extremely shallow and of no interest given how many other biographies and works of fiction explain that way of existence in a much more entertaining and informative manner.

So what are we left with? A bit of tone, a bit of ambiance, much substantiation that this woman is close to the Queen, her cousin; but nothing that makes a book worth reading such as anecdote, new information, detail, engagement.

In the introduction, where many things are noted which are repeated elsewhere in the text, the author says that in these pages, she thinks of herself as telling stories at a dinner party. If these are the stories, I am afraid I must send my regrets for her next gathering.

Vanity reading for the extremely undemanding.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Final Curtsey - A Great Read 8. Juli 2012
Von millsup - Veröffentlicht auf
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Margaret Rhodes has produced a very readable and insightful work on some of the inner workings of the Royal family. Given that she is a cousin to the present Queen, the historical data is superb, this added to the fact that her mother and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) were sisters, the information and disertation is fascinating. She is well schooled in the art of telling a story with details that leave the reader wanting to continue down the 'page path'. There are not many books written from this perspective and it is refreshing to see that while the Royals are the Royals they have their foibles like everyone else. The historical value of the work is invaluable, especially the parts that cover the Second World War. Am most certain that the Queen found the book amusing and a bit of a wander down memory lane.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing 17. September 2011
Von Susan Snodgrass - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book was an enormous disappointment to me. The front cover of the books describes the author as a close family member of the Royal family and therefore I expected to read more of them. Not much in there about the royals. Just the author's life, which I was not interested in. I wish I'd read the description more clearly. The book was only 152 pages long and cost me 24.50. Not worth the money. I'd send it back if I could. It was also cheaply published.
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