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Behind Palace Doors - My Service as the Queen Mother's Equerry
 
 

Behind Palace Doors - My Service as the Queen Mother's Equerry [Kindle Edition]

Major Colin Burgess
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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She was described as the most dangerous woman in Europe by Adolf Hitler; Noel Coward said people who spent any time with her were always reduced to 'gibbering worshippers'; she adored Margaret Thatcher and disliked Germans; she found the French comical and hankered for the old days of Empire and Commonwealth. Above all, though, she was loved by the nation and in this affectionate and often hilarious inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, her former equerry Major Colin Burgess reveals what life was like living with the most private of all the Royals. "Behind Palace Doors" is a unique and warmly remembered historic insight into one of our longest-surviving institutions. Constantly fascinating and packed with previously untold stories, this is also a celebration of a life gone - and a way of life fast disappearing.

About the Author

MAJOR COLIN BURGESS was commissioned into the Irish Guards in 1987. After completing the Army Pilots course in 1990, he worked as a helicopter pilot serving in operations in Northern Ireland and Central America. Between 1994 and 1996 he worked as equerry to the Queen Mother and was made a Member of the Victorian Order by the Queen at an investiture at Buckingham Palace. Since leaving active service, Colin has worked in television production and management, managing the UK division of Wingspan Air and Space Channel (subsequently becoming part of Discovery's aviation and space channel Wings), and producing over 87 broadcast documentaries.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 442 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1844544443
  • Publisher: John Blake (1 Aug 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009PQEYNE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,254 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fab book 31 Jan 2009
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if you like the royal family, you will certainly enjoy this behind the scenes book about the Queen Mother, things you never knew and really amusing stuff.You will see her in a different light once you have read this book, absolutely brilliant.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Behind Palace Doors 9 Jan 2014
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I feel that the Authour could have condensed the actual content of the pages into a book half as long.That said,most of the little anecdotes describing the character of the Queen Mother were very amusing and as a result entertaining.The book does provide an amazing,and interesting insight into life within the walls of the Royal palaces.I found this book fascinating,as a fan of the Queen Mother,but feel in order to enjoy this book,the reader should not take some of what is presented as fact,too seriously.On the whole,quite a good,light hearted read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting! 26 Mar 2013
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Made for an interesting, behind-the-scenes view of the rarified lives of the royal family. Is a little partisan in places (e.g. the Diana v. Charles camps). I would recommend it to Royalist readers, however.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Behind Palace Doors 18 Oct 2012
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A great book with many humourious moments involving the most loved memeber of the Royal family and well worth reading
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a hard life! 29 Jan 2013
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Was an insight into a different world, an endless round of lunches and dinners! Interesting but a a bit samey.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More gin please! 17 Oct 2013
By PeterS
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A really interesting read that gives an insight into the world that was the Queen Mother. Someone from a different age living in the 20th century. Lots of things to make you smile. Champagne, lavish picnics, horses and a wicked sense of humour.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the best read 3 July 2013
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Interesting but rather sugary sweet - anyone who has read in depth about the Queen Mother will know that she wasn't that perfect
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Behind Palace Doors. 8 April 2014
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I found this rather shallow and without any real insight to the characters within the palce or indeed Her Majesty the Queen mother herself.
The sequences were a bit fragmented and I was left with no further insight into palace life or indeed the position of equery.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
in the process of enjoying my purchase
Published 1 month ago by bumblekins
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked this. Colin Burgess was down to earth and very informative. Good read
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Barnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all
Gossipy read. Not bad at all.
Published 2 months ago by Dutchy
4.0 out of 5 stars A Doubtful Like
I would rather have given this book 3 1/2 - it would have been more accurate. Anyway the book was a definite page turner to start with. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. A. A. R. Wheatcroft
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
Would read again. Deserves five stars well written, humorous and informative. Excellent for anyone interested in the Queen Mothers life.
Published 5 months ago by MRS J E P
5.0 out of 5 stars Behind Palace Doors
An enjoyable and amusing read.
Published 5 months ago by Liz
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better
Short on the real nitty gritty of life with The Queen Mum. Either the author wasn't allowed to write about his time as her equerry or he just doesn't understand the sort of thing... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Annie B
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading
What a well written book giving an amazing deeper insight and some really humourous sides to the Queen Mother. Throroughly enjoyable.
Published 7 months ago by A happy customer
5.0 out of 5 stars very much behind palace doors
This is an in-depth description of the minutiae of daily life in Clarence House and other residences of H M Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Read more
Published 7 months ago by A. Rodriguez-Veglio
1.0 out of 5 stars queen mothers world
Loved it. Young man takes up post as equerry to the old queen. Some laugh out loud moments as equerry finds he shares mealtimes with HRH and others in her employ. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Englishrose
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