At Home with the Queen : Life Through the Keyhole of the Royal Household Paperback
by Brian Hoey
Behind the scenes of the private world at the heart of royalty, as revealed by a distinguished royal commentator.
This is the real story of what goes on inside the royal palaces, as witnessed by members of the royal staff and household past and present.
Buckingham Palace is effectively an independent kingdom with its own rules and customs, now explained by Brian Hoey.
Hundreds of anecdotes reveal the conditions in which the staff live and work and also their relationship with the Royals they serve.
How does one get a job as personal footman to the Queen?
Why does Prince Charles still have to send a note to her Page of the Backstairs requesting a meeting with his mother?
How much do members of the household earn? Why does the Queen hate men in three-piece suits? Why are the Queen's bedsheets six inches longer than Prince Philip's?
Why do her maids have to vacuum walking backwards? Why doesn't the Queen allow square ice-cubes to be put in her drinks?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, 16 col plates (16pp)
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 09/08/2003
- Category: Biography: royalty
- ISBN: 9780007126194
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Review by mazda502001
I loved reading about the behind-the-scenes life with the royal household. Its full of facts and reveals a lot of the Queen's eccentricities - an enjoyable read.Back Cover Blurb:The private world at the heart of royalty is authoritatively exposed, with the help of many past and present members of the royal staff and household, in this wide-ranging account of palace life. For Buckingham Palace is effectively an independent kingdom, with its own elaborate rituals and customs.Hundreds of anecdotes illuminate the conditions in which the staff live and work; we learn how much members of the royal staff and household earn, how they are appointed, and which members of the royal family are the best to work for.
Review by briandrewz
This book deals with the people who are in the employ of Queen Elizabeth II. Some parts of the book are very interesting, while others, such as the amount paid members of her staff, are absolutely mind numbing. This book is for anyone who wants to learn more about the Queen through the eyes of the people who serve her.