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This is the intimate and revealing autobiography of Margaret Rhodes, the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and the 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. In the Second World War years 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; 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 at Easter that year. The next morning she went to Queen Elizabeth’s bedroom to pray, and in farewell dropped her a final curtsey.

This is an enthralling account of a special life, and a unique insight into the intimate moments of the British Royal family. 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. The book is full of charming anecdotes, fascinating characters, and personal photographs and is an unparalleled insight into the private life of the British monarchy.

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The Final Curtsey: A Royal Memoir by the Queen's Cousin
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The Final Coutsey by Margaret Rhodes
December 3rd, 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book which gives the reader insight as to life in the British Royal family by a close family member, the Queen's Cousin. She recalls many interesting happenings in the life of the Royal family and her own life and amazing adventures. She recalls her time as lady - in - waitng to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen mother and the reader gets a good idee of what the Queen Mother was like as a person.
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A final curtesy
May 10th, 2015
Disappointing account of life being related to the british royal family. Too drawn out. Thought it may of contained more of an insight into the royal family as opposed to the authors own family
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The final curtsey
February 7th, 2015
Enjoyed this book, getting to know the human side of a family that we usually only witness the pomp and pagency. Being from a common wealth country, i feel that queen elizabeth has taken her duities seriously, and it will be a sd day when she no longer reighns
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January 12th, 2014
Not very interesting. Not very well written. disappointed in content and how it wad written.
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The Final Curtesy
October 15th, 2013
Interesting inside account of aristocratic family life. The first few chapters are worth the time.
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