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

Overview

The life of the Queen Mother was intensely secret. The most senior and best respected member of any royal family in history, she did not give one media interview in her 101 years. This affectionate and often hilarious glimpse into her world by her former Equerry reveals what life was really like living with the most private of all the Royals.

In this sharp, funny and evocative memoir, Major Colin Burgess draws on his years as the Queen Mother's right-hand man to recount numerous...

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Overview

The life of the Queen Mother was intensely secret. The most senior and best respected member of any royal family in history, she did not give one media interview in her 101 years. This affectionate and often hilarious glimpse into her world by her former Equerry reveals what life was really like living with the most private of all the Royals.

In this sharp, funny and evocative memoir, Major Colin Burgess draws on his years as the Queen Mother's right-hand man to recount numerous previously untold stories of an extraordinarily long and eventful life. From dancing with Fred Astaire to living through the Blitz; from the time Princess Margaret caught fire at a dinner party to when Prince Charles sought solace in his grandmother as his marriage collapsed, each anecdote and observation provides an historic insight into one of our longest-surviving institutions.

Constantly fascinating and packed from start to finish with previously untold stories that lift the lid on the idiosyncrasies of royal protocol, this is also a celebration of a life gone - and a way of life fast disappearing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844544448
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 974,159
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Major Colin Burgess worked as equerry to the Queen Mother between 1994 and 1996 and was made a Member of the Victorian Order by the Queen at an investiture at Buckingham Palace. Since leaving active service, Colin has worked in television production and management, producing more than 87 broadcast documentaries. Paul Carter is a sports journalist and is the editor of Sunday Sport.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     xi
A Sleeping Lunch     1
Don't Mention the War!     21
Shooting Squirrels With a Sniper Rifle     47
When Is Nelson Mandela Going To Stand Up?     67
'Will One Of You Old Queens Bring This Old Queen a Gin And Tonic?'     83
'Have I Died Again?'     113
'Oh, Bloody Hell!'     127
The Reluctant Royal and A Man In a Hurry     139
Princess Margaret Is On Fire     153
Setting the Hounds On The Boys From Eton     169
'Go On, Go On, Hit Him, Go On Punch Him!'     197
'Get Your Black Tie On Because One Of The Guests Has Died'     211
'Did You Get Lucky This Weekend, Colin?'     227
It's Groundhog Day     239
Epilogue     263
Sources     271
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