If you are looking for a short read for holiday or a short read to curl up with this weekend, then Behind Palace Doors by Major Colin Burgess is my quick pick this week.
Elizabeth Bowes Lyon who would become Queen Elizabeth then the Queen Mother was certainly loved by the nation. This short book by Burgess shows a warm and often entertaining inside story of Her Majesty. The former equerry Major Colin Burgess reveals what life was like living with the most private of all the Royals. This unique historic look into the longest-surviving Royal is packed with previously untold stories.
Burgess provides a different look behind the palace doors of the Queen Mother’s personal residences, in particular Clarence House in London. Burgess was an equerry to the Queen Mother for two years and through him, we get a glimpse of the woman behind the public image and learn what it is like to be on the royal staff. There are no secrets revealed in this book, rather it is provided as primer on the demands and protocols within the royal family.
I certainly enjoyed this book for the simple reason it was not the tabloid pabulum that is prevalent in many of the books written about the Monarchy. Major Burgess does not hold a hidden agenda or write with malice or contempt. If you are looking for sordid tales and the gossip you find floating around online or in the telltale publications, you will not find it in this book. If you fancy more in regards to Major Burgess, I have included a link for a rather interesting interview from 2006. Cheers!
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