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Do Let’s Have Another Drink: The Singular Wit and Double Measures of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

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She was known for her wit, sense of humor, her ability to make people feel comfortable, but also able to quickly put someone in their place. I thought the way Gareth Russell approached this biography was a bit of genius as it created a great way for the reader to sort of dip their toe into this part of the Windsor family story without being overwhelmed by too much information.

But when I first delved into the book my expectations were upended, for this was an actual biography. The Duke of Windsor was a terrible spoiled man, who, when he got what he wanted, still winged and wined. I think you could pick it up and skim and read bits and pieces but I did enjoy seeing the story that unfolded over time too. This is not my usual area of interest, especially for my blog, but I have always wanted to learn more about the House of Windsor. He later claimed that he couldn't quite remember doing the Baptism and whether he cited the baby's name correctly during the ceremony.It seems that until the very end she took care of those around her and kept on smiling through all the tough times. I learned some fun facts about her early life, such as George VI had to propose to Elizabeth three separate times until she said yes, to the relief of George’s mother, Queen Mary. A particularly poignant scene describes how she was interviewed by a historian about her recollections of Tsar Nicholas II's mother Marie, since Elizabeth was "the only person left alive who remembered her. When Gareth Russell announced that he was writing this biography about the Queen Mother, it sounded enchanting, and I wanted to read it. Instead, the book was a very in-depth look at the life of the woman who was born while Queen Victoria was still on the throne and died a century later.

We know their stories from the numerous books, tabloids, and documentaries about their lives, but what about their lives when they go home to relax? Not unlike Diana, when she first married Bertie, Elizabeth was derided for being too popular and too adored by the public. International products have separate terms, are sold from abroad and may differ from local products, including fit, age ratings, and language of product, labeling or instructions. If you are in your seventies, however, you will remember the furore over Margaret’s doomed relationship with Group Captain Peter Townsend. She would have needed both, given that she attracted considerable hostility from the upper echelons almost throughout her adult life.

I've got many uncomfortable feelings about the monarchy but, I heard Gareth Russell on the Savage Lovecast and was fascinated by the history he shared and requested this ARC.

Elizabeth's long-standing grudge with the Duke and Dutchess of Windsor (as they became) throughout their lifelong exile in Paris is one of the more interesting events in the book.

Told as a series of 101 stories from the life of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the reader is given a real glimpse of the Queen who is cemented in the popular imagination as a figure of fun and warmth, yet became known as the most dangerous woman in Europe. The King, George V, disliked Ann Margaret for her second daughter's name and suggested that Margaret Rose was more in keeping with Scottish princesses. Gareth Russell weaves together anecdotes, firsthand accounts, and historical details, painting a vivid picture of the Queen Mother's life and the vibrant world she inhabited. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. For fans of The Crown and Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret , a deliciously entertaining collection of 101 fascinating and funny anecdotes about Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother—one for each year of her life.

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