By William Shawcross
The reliable and definitive biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen mom: consort of King George VI, mom of Queen Elizabeth II, grandmother of Prince Charles, and the main loved British monarch of the 20th century.
Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon—the 9th of the Earl of Strathmore’s ten children—was born on August four, 1900, and, definitely, nobody may have imagined that her lengthy lifestyles (she died in 2002) may come to mirror a altering state over the process a whole century. Vividly distinctive, written with unrestricted entry to her own papers, letters, and diaries, this candid royal biography by way of William Shawcross can be a novel background of england within the 20th century.
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Dancing each evening I count on. just a brief observe, as Wednesday is so quickly. i'm, Sir, Yours truly Elizabeth Lyon76 within the occasion she loved Mrs Greville’s party,* as she informed him in her subsequent letter, written from St Paul’s Walden. Prince Albert despatched her a bit field for Christmas, for which she thanked him ‘a thousand times’. Her mom was once ailing and she or he didn't anticipate to visit one other dance for months – ‘I lead one of these lethal life right here, that there's easily not anything to inform you – oh other than that i've got simply fallen right into a pond! ’77 at the final day of 1920 she wrote to Beryl asserting she were very frightened approximately her mom. even if girl Strathmore’s well-being was once now enhancing the physician stated it's going to take many years for her to get well her energy. sarcastically Elizabeth turns out once more to were ready in useless for a trip from Beryl while James Stuart had referred to as to determine her. ‘It used to be really humorous, that night that you just could have been coming around, James Stuart got here in. ’ She extra: ‘he is an angel, and that i may still such as you to determine him, as you hardly ever understand any of my associates now. ’78 The dances resumed in January 1921. One used to be given by means of Lord Winterton at Shillinglee Park in Surrey, for which Elizabeth stayed with the Leconfields at Petworth. * In a letter to Prince Albert tomorrow she wrote, ‘I am relatively mad this morning, as we danced until three final evening, and that i didn’t fall asleep until eventually five, so that you needs to forgive me if this letter is very odd!! ’ there has been an immense occasion of individuals staying at Petworth, ‘some great and a few nasty! in the meanwhile i think, that if anyone even spoke to me, I should still chunk them, so i am hoping not anyone will! ’ As a postscript alongside the part of the web page she wrote, ‘This is an lousy letter – i actually think i'm going mad. ’79 day after today she used to be on the different facet of Sussex, staying with George Gage at Firle, for the Southdown Ball at which she danced until eventually 5 within the morning. She again, exhausted, to St Paul’s Walden. Sitting within the billiard room, hearing the gramophone enjoying ‘all the main scrumptious tunes – i think such a lot sentimental! ’ she wrote to Beryl. ‘Swanee constantly makes me think worst. Such memories!! Tut tut Elizabeth, compose your self. ’ She enjoyed Firle however it was once ‘such a humorous stopover at. simply because it appears the entire servants & humans there, imagine he [Lord Gage] goes to marry both Doris or me, they usually have been intensely excited! I don’t imagine it’s both people in my opinion, he's purely an outstanding buddy folks either, however it was once so humorous. ’80 That month the Prince got here to St Paul’s Walden for the 1st time. Replying to his letter offering a trip, Elizabeth invited him to lunch on 17 January: the single factor is, might you brain having it by myself? now not on my own on your own I don’t suggest – (it sounds so humorous that, as though you'll have it in a single room, and me in another!! ) yet you spot my mom has been very in poor health, and she or he & I are rather simply having a type of picnic down right here by way of ourselves, and i'm so afraid you'd be bored to tears. it'd be pleasant although while you are definite you wouldn’t brain no longer having a wide luncheon social gathering?