Do Let’s Have Another Drink: The Singular Wit and Double Measures of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
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The WW1 years are sad with the losses her family experienced ; two brothers dead and the rest severely traumatised. This is not a collection of quips and quotes but a loving biography by someone who clearly admired her. I would have been interested to read more anecdotes about the Queen Mother's tours outside Great Britain as there are interesting chapters about her time in Canada, the USA, South Africa, France and Northern Ireland. And the author paints quite a scathing (and entertaining) portrait of the abdicated King Edward VIII and his wife Wallis Simpson. She lived through two wars, bombings, the death of her husband, his rise to the throne and seeing her daughter do the same.
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. However, these minor shortcomings do not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment and informative nature of the book.So we don't have turgid brain-numbing nonsense about Who Was Married To or Descended From Who, or a mention of every single Girl Guide the QM met, or every supermarket or jumble sale she opened.
There are plenty of funny stories about encounters with the Queen mum, most revolving around her love of a "little drinky-poo" (or twelve) before, during, and after lunch.The whimsical stories started coming once The Queen Mother was a widow, freed from the responsibilities and limitations her former role of Queen Consort demanded. The House of Windsor has been attracting worldwide attention in recent decades with scandals, deaths, weddings, and the birth of royal children. For all ebook purchases, you will be prompted to create an account or login with your existing HarperCollins username and password. Elizabeth never forgave either of them as it meant her shy, anxious husband with the speech impediment was suddenly thrust into a role he had not really been prepared for. Now, Do Let’s Have Another Drink recounts 101—one for each year of her remarkable life—amusing and astonishing vignettes from across her long life, including her coming of age during World War I, the abdication of her brother-in-law, her unexpected ascendance to the throne, and her half-century of widowhood as her daughter reigned over the United Kingdom.
Throughout this book, you will laugh at her wit, and at times, feel saddened by the inevitable passing of time. 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. 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. 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.Aside from the funny incidents referred to later in the book, the overall biography was top notch and I learned new kernels of information. Do Let's Have Another Drink tells the story of The Queen Mother, otherwise known as Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, in 101 anecdotes. When Gareth Russell announced that he was writing this biography about the Queen Mother, it sounded enchanting, and I wanted to read it.