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The Final Curtsey: The Autobiography of Margaret Rhodes, First Cousin of the Queen and Niece of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother Hardcover – July 1, 2011

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About the Author

Margaret Rhodes, first cousin to Queen Elizabeth, was a bridesmaid at the 1947 wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and three years later married Denys Rhodes, a grandson of the 5th Lord Plunket. The World War II years were spent at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, where she lodged while she worked for MI6. Margaret Rhodes was lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. She now lives in the Great Park in Windsor, although still regularly visits Balmoral and Sandringham.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Calder Walker Associates (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954127560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954127565
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a history buff and a Royal follower and reading this book was a real pleasure. Margaret Rhodes shared a great deal of personal history of the United Kingdom and her life living within the Royal family. It was a wonderful book from the perspective of an insider.
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I wasn't expecting much and I got even less than I thought possible.

Since the author is the Queen's cousin, I had a strong feeling that any personal information contained about the Royal Family would be nothing more than bland, inoffensive and designed to maintain good relations with her relatives.

And if this author were not related to the Queen, this vanity project would never have been published or promoted.

What we have here is an elderly matron who provides a very broad overview of her privileged life. 3/4 of the book don't include the royals at all, but deals with her unaccomplished husband. I imagine there is something interesting about him, but that is not provided here.

Her view of aristocratic life at the end of the last millennium is extremely shallow and of no interest given how many other biographies and works of fiction explain that way of existence in a much more entertaining and informative manner.

So what are we left with? A bit of tone, a bit of ambiance, much substantiation that this woman is close to the Queen, her cousin; but nothing that makes a book worth reading such as anecdote, new information, detail, engagement.

In the introduction, where many things are noted which are repeated elsewhere in the text, the author says that in these pages, she thinks of herself as telling stories at a dinner party. If these are the stories, I am afraid I must send my regrets for her next gathering.

Vanity reading for the extremely undemanding.

Regrets.
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I enjoyed this little book and read it over the Queens Jubilee celebrations.

I am not an avid royal watcher but was interested in what an "insider" had to say as I admire the Queen. I really think she is the hardest working woman in the world and amazing for her age. The historical aspect also interested me.

Margaret Rhodes sems to be a very capable woman and adept at "keeping up appearances" even in adversity. She is very diplomatic the way she writes about the Royal Family and her admiration for her aunt Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother is obvious. The story is really about her I thought. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on the Second World War and the cementing of the feeling the British people had for the Royal Family as they led by example.

The sections also on Margaret Rhodes adventures with her husband on their trips to far flung places were fascinating too.

This book will only appeal to certain people and is not going to be a sensation. It is honest without pretension and of a time that is drawing to an end, particularly for us in the Commonwealth countries.

Highly reccommended
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A fascinating, gentle memoir of privileged , aristocratic English life from the beginning of the 20th century through today, this book could benefit from some judicioius editing. It is non-chronological and makes a quantum leap from the description of life with the Queen Mother to the author's expeereinces iwth her husband, back to the Royal Family. Somewhere along the way, the death of her husband is lost. I foun d it most interesting that "The LIttle Princesses", Marion Crawford's book about life as the governess of Princwesses Elizateth and Margaret was dismissed as "sugary", although the author claims she has nor will not read it. "The Final Curtsey" is just as sugary. There is no scandal, not was any expected. What could have been fascinating -- a descriptiojof day-to-day life with the Queen Mother, was capsualized. I wish a good editor had shaken out the manuscript and re-arranged the material is a more cohesive form.
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Don't be fooled by the title into thinking that this is a book about Margaret's service with the Queen Mother. It is actually a very slim volume, mostly about Margaret's early life, and there are only two very short chapters about her service with the Queen Mother. Margaret is an interesting woman and she has led a fascinating life, but this book is more of a reminiscence intended for her own children than a commercially viable book. I was looking forward to reading this book, but it was a big disappointment.
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Margaret Rhodes has produced a very readable and insightful work on some of the inner workings of the Royal family. Given that she is a cousin to the present Queen, the historical data is superb, this added to the fact that her mother and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) were sisters, the information and disertation is fascinating. She is well schooled in the art of telling a story with details that leave the reader wanting to continue down the 'page path'. There are not many books written from this perspective and it is refreshing to see that while the Royals are the Royals they have their foibles like everyone else. The historical value of the work is invaluable, especially the parts that cover the Second World War. Am most certain that the Queen found the book amusing and a bit of a wander down memory lane.
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