Book on Queen Elizabeth unfurls new royal chapters of her life

London: Queen Mother Elizabeth’s cousin and childhood playmate, Margaret Rhodes, has penned down some enchanting chapters from the Majesty’s life in her book ‘The Final Curtsey’.

She has revealed how the Queen Mother was a fan of the TV shows ‘Two Fat Ladie’s and ‘Dad``s Army’. The book also has stated that she was fond of the mystical poet Edith Sitwell and the Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, who was a regular and favoured guest.

The author said that life at Birkhall, the Queen Mother``s home on the edge of the Balmoral estate, was cheerfully enjoyed with uproarious dinners.

She revealed how out of the blue one day the Queen offered her a new home in the Royal enclave in Windsor Great Park, while they were out riding at Balmoral. “She suddenly turned in the saddle and said, ‘Could you bear to live in suburbia?’” the author wrote.

Rhodes also ruminated the death of Princess Margaret following a complete breakdown in her health. She recapitulated how the frail Queen Elizabeth insisted on coming down from Sandringham, where she had been staying during her illness, for her younger daughter’s funeral in St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Rhodes also detailed the sad chapter of the Queen’s demise in the book that is being serialized in the Daily Mail.

“We all had tears in our eyes and to this day I cannot hear that prayer being said without wanting to cry. Queen Elizabeth died at 3.15 in the afternoon on March 30, 2002. She just slipped away and her death certificate said that the cause of death was ‘extreme old age’. She was 101 – such a very great age,” she wrote.

However, she scotched the myth of the Queen being over-fond of drinks, largely inspired by the media, and said that she never indulged in excessive drinking.



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