• The Final Curtsey

  • A Royal Memoir by the Queen's Cousin
  • By: Margaret Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Jennifer M. Dixon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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A Sunday Times number one bestseller in the United Kingdom, this is the intimate and revealing autobiography of Margaret Rhodes, first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and 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. During the Second World War, 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, in which 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. The next morning, she went to Queen Elizabeth's bedroom to pray, and in farewell dropped her a final curtsey. 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. Full of charming anecdotes and fascinating characters, this is an unparalleled insight into the private life of the British monarchy.

©2012 Margaret Rhodes (P)2022 Tantor

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A bit too much mucking about in the weeds

I really thought I was going to be reading a book about a woman in the service to the Queen Mother, and in part that's what this was. But there was an awful lot of personal biography completely uninvolved with the Royal family about the time while Ms Rhodes was married and traveling about in Asia and Africa. In my opinion these anecdotes were unnecessary to the story if the title was to be believed, therefore perhaps the title was misleading and this should have been just called A Memoir of the Lady-in-waiting.

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A wonderful book

A great book that I found to be developmental and maturative for a young man coming of age such as myself. I found this book highly intelligent and full of the most cutting edge etiquette in every facet of life. I further highly recommend this book.

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  • Wendy
  • 09-27-22

boring

deeply boring don't waste your time drags on and on in such a monotone voice

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  • 09-06-22

A total waste of money. .

It is boring and a true struggle. This marvellous woman ....save youre money and buy something else

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  • Ewa Doherty
  • 09-22-22

Good for aged 70+

A very privilidged position in life juxtaposed against an ordinary life. This lady was of a time when "upper class" people lived a particular way eg never had to work for money. I found it interesting and recommend if you are a pre-mid century history enthusiast.