Behind Palace Doors: My Years with the Queen Mother

Behind Palace Doors: My Years with the Queen Mother

by Major Colin Burgess, Paul Carter



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Behind Palace Doors: My Years with the Queen Mother by Major Colin Burgess, Paul Carter

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. 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 from 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786063779
Publisher: John Blake Publishing, Limited
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Major Colin Burgess worked as equerry to the Queen Mother and was made a Member of the Victorian Order by the Queen at an investiture at Buckingham Palace. He now works in television production and management. Paul Carter is a sports journalist and the editor of Sunday Sport.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 A Sleeping Lunch 1

2 Don't Mention the War! 21

3 Shooting Squirrels With a Sniper Rifle 47

4 When Is Nelson Mandela Going To Stand Up? 67

5 'Will One Of You Old Queens Bring This Old Queen a Gin and Tonic?' 83

6 'Have I Died Again?' 113

7 'Oh, Bloody Hell!' 127

8 The Reluctant Royal and a Man In a Hurry 139

9 Princess Margaret Is On Fire 153

10 Setting the Hounds On the Boys From Eton 169

11 'Go On, Go On, Hit Him, Go On, Punch Him!' 197

12 'Get Your Black Tie On Because One of the Guests Has Died' 211

13 'Did You Get Lucky This Weekend, Colin?' 227

14 It's Groundhog Day 239

Epilogue 263

Sources 271

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