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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.

Constantly fascinating and packed with previously untold stories, this is also a celebration of a life gone - and a way of life fast disappearing. Read more Read less. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. A Royal Memoir by the Queen's Cousin. Step Aside for Royalty: Treasured Memories of the Royal Household.

The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor. Product description Product Description 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; she found the French comical and hankered for the old days of Empire and Commonwealth. He now works in television production and management. Paul Carter is a sports journalist and the editor of Sunday Sport.

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Behind Palace Doors: My True Adventures as the Queen Mother's Equerry

Write a customer review. Showing of 2 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Further Mrs Rhodes' husband is not related to Cecil Rhodes. A simple Google search would have told the author the correct facts. Aug 29, A rated it it was ok. The author repeats himself fairly regularly.

It could have been written effectively in half the number of pages. May 28, Jean rated it liked it. Kind of gossipy but interesting read about the Queen Mum. Nov 09, Coyney rated it really liked it. Sep 18, Susan rated it really liked it.

Behind Palace Doors: My True Adventures as the Queen Mother's Equerry by Colin Burgess

Really interesting behind the scenes perspective. Made me realize just how restrictive and monotonous a royal life could be. Jul 12, Simone rated it really liked it Shelves: This book was casual and gossipy without being mean. Oct 11, Sheila Lowe rated it liked it.

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A look into the job of equerry to the Queen Mother. Interesting but I wish there had been more about the Queen Mum. Each man chosen as Equerry served for 2 years, then moved on to another assignment he continued to be a member of the armed services. The Queen Mother had quite a sense of humor and was a very down-to-earth person, while at the same time observing the protocol of royalty at all times. Major Burgess seems to have enjoyed his assignment very much and had all good th Interesting book about Major Colin Burgess, who served for 2 years as Equerry to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, in the mids.

Major Burgess seems to have enjoyed his assignment very much and had all good things to say about Her Majesty, and it was interesting to learn more about the Queen Mother's homes as opposed to the residences where the present Queen lives.


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I liked the book very much. Interesting and readable account of young Irish Guard officer called in mid s to serve as an equerry to the Queen Mother. Not too gossipy or scandal mongering, although time of his service coincided with high of saga of failing marriage of Prince of Wales, so some espisodes resonates in his account, he also makes some critical observation of inner working of St.

James Palace where Prince of Wales at that time resided. But mostly he wrote about life at Clarence House and staff of Queen Moth Interesting and readable account of young Irish Guard officer called in mid s to serve as an equerry to the Queen Mother. But mostly he wrote about life at Clarence House and staff of Queen Mother's household. I bought this book out of mere curiosity Should do that more often I did not thought I would enjoy this book as much as I actually did.

I always had the feeling that biographies where boring books about some boring life, but I guess I was wrong. Although, it is true that this book does not talk about the Queen Mother life, but more about what it's like to have lived around around someone as important as she was old. This book helped me realize that no matter who they are, even the most famous I bought this book out of mere curiosity This book helped me realize that no matter who they are, even the most famous and important people in the world, are in the end just people.

And also that even if we have responsibilities, we should never forget the little pleasures in life. This book was a real suprise. It was one of those kindle daily deals for 99p from Amazon, which I bought on a whim.


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It was really engaging. The stories were lovely and respectful of the Queen mother, and overall it was funny and interesting. A really good read if you fancy something easy and different. A nice feel good tale. It was a pleasant book to read.

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There is nothing there of any great novelty but one does get the feeling that Clarence House was a homely place and the Queen Mother an impish personality. In the case of the Queen Mother's household this was an officer of the Irish A surprisingly fun read. 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; she found the French comical and hankered for the old days of Empire and Commonwealth.