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An interesting read
on 8 December 2013
It was interesting to read her letters, but would have been much more interesting to read the bits edited out or those destroyed! However I accept that they are private letters and I did feel a little nosey reading them. In fact I do not think i learned any new facts about the history of the time, as it has all been published before in periodicals and Royal books. We do find out that early on she could be rather trivial and surprisingly imature, but there had been a horrible war and the need for all sections of society to be light hearted was undoubtedly important. Her fortunate upbringing to wealth allowed her to indulge in those pursuits more easily than one born in more humble surroundings. She does become far more aware of the difficulties being faced by people during the great depression following her marriage to Bertie.
I was surprised to note that after her marriage she never again addressed her mother in any maternal term such as Mama, but reserverd that for her mother in law. I did think she spent a lot of time 'buttering up' her mother in law, but there was a hint in one letter that this may have been a vehicle to keep her easier to handle.
I am sure at the end of the day Queen Mary must have been very glad to have her there and to be in a position to support Bertie after the abdication. Her people handling skills were a valuable asset to the survival of the Royal Family at that time.